Klint Finley at ReadWriteWeb discusses a report from the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner that asks if anonymization preserves privacy against attempts to re-identification. The report concludes that anonymization remains an important safeguard, and that the risks of re-identification of individuals within a crowd of anonymized data are lower than many fear.
That’s good news. All guarantees of anonymity are probabilistic, so having some evidence that if done right, anonymization can preserve privacy to a reasonable degree is helpful as libraries try to gain some benefits – primarily, serving their users better – from anonymized data. It’ll be even better as best practices, backed by math and experience, continue to emerge.
Anra Kennedy of Culture 24 and Susan Chun of the Audience project talk at the LOD-LAM conference about the value of data about the attendees of museums and other cultural institutions, and the advantages and limitations of making that that data open.
Eric Hellman explains how GlueJar.com will enable readers to pool money to buy the rights to works so that those works can be made available for free to the world. (Recorded at the LOD-LAM conference in San Francisco.)
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.
At the LODLAM
conference, Roy Tennant
said that OCLC
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.