Roy Tennant of OCLC talks about that organization’s commitment to linked data. At 2:30 he recapitulates his announcement that OCLC will release bibliographic data for the million works most widely held by libraries. Towards the end, he talks about the tension at the OCLC between opening data and the need to fund the infrastructure for maintaining and improving metadata.
Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, reads from an oddly prescient 1936 about preserving the current media types:
will be releasing the bibliographic info about the top million most popular books. It will be released in a linked data format, under an Open Database license. This is a very useful move, although we need to know what the license is. We can hope that it does not require attribution, and does not come with any further license restrictions. But Roy was talking in the course of a timed two-minute talk, so he didn’t have a lot of time for details.
[NOTE added June 6] The OCLC has clarified Roy’s remarks here.
Scholarly journals were once enormously expensive. Because they were pricey to produce — it took a lot of money to coordinate the peer review, and to edit, print, bind, and distribute all those volumes — access was pricey as well.
But digital publishing and collaboration has reduced many of the financial barriers to sharing research. And advocates of the “Open Access” model of scholarly publishing argue that when research journals are freely and openly accessible scholarly work flourishes.
Open access has picked up steam over the years as many journals have chosen to adopt the model from inception, and several more established journals have converted. The result has been an exponential growth in the number and kinds of articles that are easily accessible with the click of a button.
Peter Suber — a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society — is a leading policy strategist working for Open Access models. The Harvard Library Innovation Lab’s very own David Weinberger caught up with Peter for this week’s podcast to talk about Open Access, and the new challenges librarians face with making a growing body of digital scholarship actually usable and sortable.
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A couple of weeks ago while reading Jerome Lettvin’s obituary I noticed this gem:
“At MIT, his office in Building 20 was crammed with books, most overdue from the college library. Dr. Lettvin claimed he did not return them because the library would send him the students who wanted those books, and he would interview them as potential assistants.”
Jerome was gaming the library. He was holding onto resources that like-minded individuals desired in order to make professional connections. Cool.
Jerome’s approach clearly has some scaling problems and some issues surrounding content that can’t be stacked in an office (digital content), but he was onto something. People connect through works held at the library and the library should encourage these connections. How do we do that? I’m not sure, but I’m giving it some thought.
Discovery, the metadata ecology for UK education and research, invites stakeholders to join us in adopting a set of principles to enhance the impact of our knowledge resources for the furtherance of scholarship and innovation…
It’s a hard list to disagree with…especially if your team has been working on LibraryCloud as an open metadata server.
The Digital Public Library of America has announced a “beta sprint” for envisioning in software (or a sketch of software) what the DPLA could be.
Here are some more short interviews with folks who attended the Digital Public Library of America meeting in Amsterdam.
Stefan Gradmann (humbold Universitaet) on libraries after books become mere temporary configurations of small pieces:
Doron Weber of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on his hopes for the DPLA:
Chris Freeland of the Biodiversity Heritage Library on supporting collaborative scientists: