Dr. David Weinberger, Co-Director Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Harvard University and & Author, Too Big To Know; Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, & Co-Author,Cluetrain Manifesto
Weinberger studies the effect of the internet on ideas and their organization, and has written a series of popular books on the topic. He applies those ideas to libraries directly as the co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the motto of which is “Hack libraries.” From that Lab has come projects such as Stackview, an innovative visual library browser at use at Harvard and at the Digital Public Library of America, and LibraryCloud, which is an open metadata server being constructed under Weinberger’s leadership as head of the Harvard Library’s Interoperability Initiative. The aim of LibraryCloud is, he says, “to make it easier to hack the library via open APIs.” Weinberger argues for transforming libraries into platforms that enable anyone on the planet to use everything that libraries know. “Libraries are probably not going to be the ones that invent their own future,” says Weinberger. “The ideas are likely to come from some kid in a garage. Platforms are how we can get everyone on the planet to help create the future of libraries.” Be inspired by Weinberger’s ideas and big picture perspective. Get new insights to apply to your network and library community. Gather strategies to apply for a successful and engaged future from our thought leader, industry guru, popular author and library strategist.
“The learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer, American social writer
“Curiosity was framed. Ignorance killed the cat.” — CJ Cherryh
Peter Scott – hytelnet – paased away.
Rich Wiggins – passed away.
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1. Why hacking now?
Libraries getting squeezed. Hacking increases value (white hat). Not bozo hacking or black hat.
Why this opportunity now?
-Everything networked. Not just digital. Dfifference between the two is evident.
-Things becoming more open access. Has momentum.
-Lifecycle engagement of resources. Not just portals. Readers conneting directly with each other and the author and the l-library.
-New networked ecosystems.
2.Why aren’t all tools swiss army knives?
-Not usable if too many features.
-What tools do we want to bind together?
-Try to anticipate needs.
-In networked world, all books can be “published.” Not in physical world. Everything filtered in real world. Filter can be lifted in networked environment.
-We anticipate needs: Collections, catloging, shelving, space, services.
-Still anticipate needs in e-resources
-platform approach: open data. Community and users build APIs. Cost of providing services goes down. DPLA, Internet Archive, Also data.gov. Apps – StackLife – Harvard alternate opac.Feed backloop comminity engagement to libray platorm and back. Hack the physicalspace. awesomebox.io – special return book drop for “awesome” books.
-linked open data – Tim Berners Lee. Link meta data together. Point to definition in an ontotlogy. Local names differ but common definition for same concepts. Move past silos. Cornell, Harvard, Stanford working on this.
-graph searching: Google box in right side. Connects by relationships. Type of linked data
To hack libraries, hack the future.
Infrastructure of knowledge — curation, archiving, alternative views
Curation of differences.
Gett off the yellw brick road into the fields of flwers.