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Results from the 2013 NDSA U.S. Web Archiving Survey - 0 views

    A recently published report by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance shows the results of a 2013 survey of web archiving institutions in the US. "from October through November of 2013, a team of National Digital Stewardship Alliance members, led by the Content Working Group, conducted a survey of institutions in the United States that are actively involved in, or planning to start, programs to archive content from the web."

Welcome to Open Library (Open Library) - 24 views

    Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open. Whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget--it's all welcome. Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.
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    Un esfuerzo encomiable, para plantarle cara a Google, cosa que soepecho que todos sabemos, no es asunto fácil. Robert Darnton, uno de los prmotores del proyecto, publicó varios textos que ubican el contexto general del proyecto. Uno esA World Digital Library Is Coming True!, en, donde concluye: "It would be naive, however, to imagine a future free from the vested interests that have blocked the flow of information in the past. The lobbies at work in Washington also operate in Brussels, and a newly elected European Parliament will soon have to deal with the same issues that remain to be resolved in the US Congress. Commercialization and democratization operate on a global scale, and a great deal of access must be opened before the World Wide Web can accommodate a worldwide library."
    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing it.
    Really liked. Thanks for sharing it!
    This website is an open source of information on a book resources. This is great, easy to download thru pdfiles. As technology spreads all throughout the world, the way we communicate to others and also the way we find an information has changed just like e-books or e-learning process.
    i love open library, although the digitized books often have issues, the pdf formats are not great. many entries are not so great either. However, the important part of Openlibrary that no one has mentioned yet, is the lending model for digitized modern books. they have digitized books that are still in copyright, but do not have ebook editions and are usually not being reprinted. they lend one digital copy for one physical copy held in storage. they idea is to use the traditional rights of buyers provide under copyright rather than the contract law licensing of most ebooks.
    Very good and will be helpful to all
    Welcome to Open Library! Looking for accessible books in the DAISY format? View our accessible book subject page, or search for accessible books.

Is this the end for books? - 5 views

    In 1996, the US computer entrepreneur Brewster Kahle set up the Internet Archive, its mission being to provide "universal access to all knowledge". This admirable project strives to store copies of every single web page ever posted: a ghostly archive of the virtual.
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    Apliquemos la ley de Clarke a estas predicciones. Si la predicción de los eminentes estudiosos de edad madura, y bibliófilos, se formula así: ES POSIBLE QUE EL LIBRO IMPRESO EN PAPEL NO DESAPAREZCA, y la ley de Clarke dice: "Cuando un científico pero de edad madura afirma que algo es posible, casi siempre estará en lo cierto. Cuando declara que algo es imposible, lo más probable es que se equivoque", la predicción casi siempre será cierta si esos libros no desaparecen. Si la predicción se formula en esta forma: ES IMPOSIBLE QUE EL LIBRO DESAPAREZCA, y los libros desaparecen, lo más probable es que se equivoquen. ¿Por cuál fórmula optamos? Apliquemos ahora la primera versión del corolario de Asimov a la predicción que augura el fin del libro formulada así: EL LIBRO ESTÁ MUERTO (O MORIRÁ), AUNQUE NO DEL TODO. El corolario dice: "Sin embargo, cuando el público profano se manifiesta en torno a una idea denunciada por científicos eminentes pero de edad madura, y apoya dicha idea con fervor y sentimiento, es posible, después de todo, que los científicos eminentes pero de edad madura estén en lo cierto". Por lo tanto: Es posible, después de todo, que los eminentes estudiosos pero de edad madura, y bibliófilos, estén en lo cierto. No hay más remedio que esperar a que pase el tiempo para ver si se cumplen la ley y los corolarios en las predicciones, enunciadas en una u otra forma. (Tomado de
    Thank you for posting. Although I am not very keen on reading fiction electronically, the article was very interesting and informative about the latest tendencies in electronic publishing.
    I am one of those people who like reading books electronically and enjoy it. Kindle has been around for some years now but we still have books publshed in paper format. There is still a number of people who prefare to have paper copy of a book. Books are here to stay. I have a kindle but I hardly ever use the devise. I use the app on my mobile, computer or Ipad.

DPLA: Digital Public Library of America - 0 views

    While attending another work-related webinar, I heard about this web site and thought about this class. On the surface, this site looks like a portal to many, many other image and video repositories about the history and geography of the United States. Many are contributed by local public libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies. What caught my attention and connect to this course is that all the metadata of the repositories are open access, so that developers can take advantages of the metadata and create additional apps. In this sense, this site becomes a platform. The contents from the various repositories have different degrees of rights and restrictions for reuse, some are under CC, some are protected by copyright, but the metadata is all open!
Kim Baker

Beyond the Panopticon: Strategic Agency in an Age of Limitless Information - 3 views

    "To what extent is it possible - or desirable - to disengage from the growing cultural database? How do surveillance and "sousveillance" play a role in the policing of individuals by institutions, and vice versa? Can we disentangle the issues surrounding localized record keeping from globalized control over the archives? In this article, we discuss a range of cultural practices, epistemological regimes and intellectual discourses that have emerged to cope with these questions, and we assess the strategic options for communitarian and individual agency in an era we describe as "the end of forgetting."* I included this link as the article has an excellent model to describe the different strategic responses of agency to the openness of data and the resultant privacy issues.
Helen Crump

Science in the Open » Blog Archive » Open is a state of mind - 2 views

  • In the talk I tried to move beyond that, to describe the motivation and the mind set behind taking an open approach, and to explain why this is so tightly coupled to the rise of the internet in general and the web in particular.
  • Being open as opposed to making open resources (or making resources open) is about embracing a particular form of humility.
  • For the creator it is about embracing the idea that – despite knowing more about what you have done than any other person –  the use and application of your work is something that you cannot predict. Similarly for someone working on a project being open is understanding that – despite the fact you know more about the project than anyone else – that crucial contributions and insights could come from unknown sources.
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  • beyond merely making resources open we also need to be open.
  • Being open goes in two directions. First we need to be open to unexpected uses. The Open Source community was first to this principle by rejecting the idea that it is appropriate to limit who can use a resource. The principle here is that by being open to any use you maximise the potential for use. Placing limitations always has the potential to block unexpected uses.
  • he gap between the idea that there is a connection with someone, somewhere, that could be valuable, and actually making the connection is the practical question that underlies the idea of “open”.
  • the mindset that it encompasses.
  • What is different today is the scale of the communication network that binds us together. By connecting millions and then billions together the probability that people who can help each other can be connected has risen to the point that for many types of problem that they actually are.
  • How do we make resources, discoverable, and re-usable so that they can find those unexpected applications? How do we design projects so that outside experts can both discover them and contribute? Many of these movements have focussed on the mechanisms of maximising access, the legal and technical means to maximise re-usability. These are important; they are a necessary but not sufficient condition for making those connections. Making resources open enables, re-use, enhances discoverability, and by making things more discoverable and more usable, has the potential to enhance both discovery and usability further. Bu
  • But the broader open source community has also gone further by exploring and developing mechanisms that support the ability of anyone to contribute to projects. This is why Yergler says “open source” is not a verb. You can license code, you can make it “open”, but that does not create an Open Source Project. You may have a project to create open source code, an “Open-source project“, but that is not necessarily a project that is open, an “Open source-project“. Open Source is not about licensing alone, but about public repositories, version control, documentation, and the creation of viable communities. You don’t just throw the code over the fence and expect a project to magically form around it, you invest in and support community creation with the aim of creating a sustainable project. Successful open source projects put community building, outreach, both reaching contributors and encouraging them, at their centre. The licensing is just an enabler
    This blog is especially great because it talks about the motivation and mindset behind adopting an ope approach. Open is not simply about making or using open resources but open as a 'way of being'

Knowledge as a global public good - 0 views

Joseph Stiglitz has a really important term for me to define and understand what knowledge is, economically and culturally. He defines it as a global public good, on the sense that it is non rival ...

knowledge global public good

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