[open-bibliography] Open Bibliography, the Democratisation of Knowledge at RLUK 2010 in Edinburgh
pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Sun Oct 17 10:51:22 BST 2010
I have been invited to run a session at this meeting - see Open
Bibliography, the Democratisation of Knowledge and the Scottish
Enlightenment at RLUK
This is a wonderful opportunity for the OKF to make a major public
contribution to Open Bibliography. I am suggesting:
- Participants to get at least one signature from their institution
supporting the OKF Open Bibliography Principles. (If these are new to you,
read the last week on this blog and also http://openbiblio.net/ ). All it
does is ask you to agree that Open Bibliography is a Good Thing. If you can
get a vice-chancellor or a head librarian that’s great. But if not, just
sign it yourself. [OKF – TODO we need a signup list]. This can, of course,
be done worldwide
- It would be really great to get a Scottish commitment to Open
Bibliography. Scotland has recently prided itself (rightly) on adopting
Openness more rapidly than England, and I think this could be done. I can’t
tell you how to do it, but if it seems achievable, please have a go.
- Each participant should write to one primary publisher asking for their
commitment to Open Bibliography. Again the OKF has pioneered this type of
request mechanism with its IsItOpen(Data) for asking about the Openness of
scientific information. We’d hope to develop this during the month. In
principle (since Bibliography is de facto Open) every publisher should be
glad to sign up as it would mean more exposure for their publications. But
we shall suggest you choose the most favourable first
- [UPDATE – how could I have failed to think of this] A communally
produced Open Bibliography on the Democratisation of Knowledge.
If we are successful – and we shall be since it depends on YOU – we shall
- A large and compelling list of institutions worldwide which are
committed to (or have at least employees committed to) Open Bibliography
- A united stance from Scotland
- A growing list of publishers who have asserted that their bibliography
- A world-class Open Bibliography on the Democratisation of Knowledge
I'm optimistic we can make this happen. A month is long enough.
I have asked that OKF'ers in Edinburgh be able to physically participate in
the session. Though it's not essential - I always plan for levels of success
- it would be great to have a small group of identifiable warm bodies.
There is a commitment for the OKF in general. I think this is manageable but
- Etherpads (almost trivial as we do it all the time)
- Wiki/blog/Trac (we have most of this in generic form). Exactly which
will be used we don't know
- IsItOpenBibliography. A tool to ask publishers to assert that their
bibliography is open. This is probably the hardest and shouldn't be required
if the cost in effort is too great. OTOH volunteers would be great
- A signup list for supporting the Open Bibliographic principles
- A weekly skypecon
The benefits are potentially large. Assuming we manage to generate
significant core resources then OKF Open Bibliography could become an
important tool in world scholarship.
Comments and suggestions - particularly EARLY ones - will be very valuable.
And of course you don't have to be physically in Edinburgh.
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
CB2 1EW, UK
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