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April 11, 20149:00AM - 12:00PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, 6th Floor
3420 Walnut Street
Emily GoreDirector for Content, Digital Public Library of America
Corey HarperMetadata Services Librarian, New York University Libraries
Eric KansaDirector, Open Context
Research on a Global Scale: The Radical Potential of Linked Open DataPenn Humanities Forum
Digital Humanities Forum
Cultural institutions such as libraries, museums, and universities are gradually shifting to a new and radically collaborative model of information sharing. They are making vast amounts of information about the books, artifacts, and research within their walls available for reuse by anyone with a computer and a connection to the World Wide Web. This is “linked open data,” and it has the potential to unleash a truly global research community, transforming the way research into history and culture is done and making possible new and more ambitiously collaborative kinds of project.
But with radical openness come important questions about privacy, ownership, and rights of access—questions which are understood differently in different cultures and contexts. Join us for a discussion of both the exciting potential and the profound challenges involved as our institutions of knowledge and learning become open to the world.