It starts with an idea: You’re a scholar and you use the web to search for sources. How can you collect your sources and their metadata without having to copy, paste, reformat? Or spend your starving researcher’s budget on some proprietary software?
Zotero allows researchers to do much more than harness the power of the web to save citations. There is also a robust social component that allows researchers to share their research in progress.
Dan Cohen is the director of the Center for History and New Media and one of the minds behind the project. The Harvard Library Innovation Lab’s very own David Weinberger caught up with Dan for this week’s podcast to talk about Zotero, open syllabi, and other tools and ideas for enhancing and sharing research.
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The idea behind the beta sprint is that anyone with an idea about what the DPLA should be, how it should work, what it can do, or what it should look like should embody that idea in code or documentation, and submit it by September 1.
We’re proposing a version of ShelfLife re-thought for a potentially massive set of users whose interests and computer skills range all over the lot. And we’re proposing LibraryCloud as a middleware metadata server both to support ShelfLife and to make DPLA’s metadata available through open APIs and as Linked Open Data.
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.