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Making library miscellaneousness awesome

David Weinberger

Sitterwerk Art Library in St. Gallen, Switzerland, has 19,000 publicly-accessible items on its shelves in no particular order. This is awesome.

Will a Google car sacrifice you for the sake of the many? (And Networked Road Neutrality)

David Weinberger

Or we leave it to experts, as with the rules that determine who gets organ transplants. Google self-driving cars are presumably programmed to protect their passengers. So, when a traffic situation gets nasty, the car you’re in will take all the defensive actions it can to keep you safe. We know what we as individuals would like.

APIs are magic

David Weinberger

They’re a deep magic that draws upon five skills of the Web as Mage: First, an API matters typically because some organization has decided to flip the default: it assumes data should be public unless there’s a reason to keep it private. ( This is cross-posted at Medium.). That’s the power of open APIs.”. Ah, the power of APIs!

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[berkman] Anil Dash on “The Web We Lost”

David Weinberger

“We should think about how to organize action around specific clauses in ToS.” Anil Dash is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk, titled “The Web We Lost.” ” He begins by pointing out that the title of his talk implies a commonality that at least once was. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points.

Organic Net Neutrality

David Weinberger

In fact, we should be spending more of our time reminding people that before Artificial Net Neutrality the Internet came by its neutrality naturally, even organically. I’ve started blogging at Ting.com , the only mobile access provider I actually like. I’ll tell you why in a moment. Thanks, Seth! Now, why I like Ting. Someday!

[nextweb] The Open Source Bank of Brewster

David Weinberger

Then there were advocacy organizations, e.g., EFF. I’m at the Next Web conference in Amsterdam. 2,500 attendees. 28 apps. Brewster 2011.

The invisible change in the news

David Weinberger

blood drive organized online. The first chapter of Dan Gillmor ‘s 2005 book, We the Media [ pdf ], is a terrific, brief history of journalism from the US Colonial era up through Sept. And in 2014 it has a different lesson to teach us as well. Ten years later, what Dan pointed to as extraordinary is now common as air.

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Why you won’t care that the Net isn’t neutral

David Weinberger

Second, the access providers are also providers of services and content that compete with the organizations they serve. It’s very simple. With so little competition, the access providers will be able to jack up fast lane prices as high as the richest players in the market can bear. So, what’s the problem?

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[liveblog] Christine Borgmann

David Weinberger

And please note that precisely because this is a well-organized talk with clearly marked sections, it comes across as choppy in these notes.). ” It’s very hard to find and organize all the archives of data. ” She shows a variety of maps, possible ways of organizing the field. NOTE: Live-blogging. The raw files?

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[aspen][2b2k] Ideo’s Tim Brown

David Weinberger

It’s true of all organizations. They get so complicated that there are lots of places design can fail. He shows Union Sq. ” 4.

Unknowing v. Lessig

David Weinberger

Since what exactly constitutes Fair Use is determined by courts, a declarative judgment would help clarify that uses like Larry’s are definitely ok, and the awarding of damages would help discourage organizations from issuing automated takedowns that give no heed to the circumstances in which the content is being used. Go, Larry!

Back when tags were budding

David Weinberger

Over the millennia, we have fashioned the structures of knowledge in just such tree-like ways, from the departmental organization of universities (liberal arts contains history and history contains ancient Chinese history) to the hierarchy of species. In the digital world, users can control the organization of information owned by others.

An open university prep course – MOOC for basic skills

David Weinberger

We’ll collect everything you send us, and find a nice way of organizing them for everyone to use. What will the course look like? obs11

Physical libraries in a digital world

David Weinberger

And build perfect shelves for the works that need to be physically organized. I’m at the final meeting of a Harvard course on the future of libraries, led by John Palfrey and Jeffrey Schnapp. They have three guests in to talk about physical library space. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Paraphrasing badly.

[aspen] Eric Schmidt on the Net and Democracy

David Weinberger

Google enabled people to organize themselves. Especially in Libya, five different militias were able to organize their armed revolt by using the Net. In most of the countries there were repressed Muslim groups that have emerged as leaders because they organized while repressed. Could students organize Tianamen Square now?

The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

” Now, we have learned — perhaps — that many groups organize themselves best by letting the right structure emerge over time. I end on a larger, vaguer, and wrong-er point: “Could we at last be turning from the great lie of the Age of Computers, that the world is binary?” In 2003 it was becoming clear that we needed?—?and

[misc][2b2k] Why ontologies make me nervous

David Weinberger

The periodic table of the elements is a useful way of organizing information, and manifests real relationships among the elements, but it is not the single "real" way the elements are arranged; if you''re an economist or an industrialist, a chart that arranges the elements based on where they exist on our planet might be just as valid.

[aif] Re-imagining public libraries

David Weinberger

There will be a lot of experimentation about how residents and community members organize themselves. We’ve been talking with all three organizations trying to bring the Obama Library to Chicago about what role the public library might play. It’s moderated by Sommer Mathis (editor of CityLab.com. NOTE: Live-blogging.

[siu] Geoff Bilder on getting the scholarly cyberinfrastructure right

David Weinberger

Geoff is going through what he thinks is required for organizations contributing to a scholarly cyberinfrastructure. An organization nees a living will: what will happen to it when it ends? The goal should be to generate surplus so the organization isn’t brittle and can respond to new opportunities. NOTE: Live-blogging.

[avignon] Day 2, First session: Debate: “IP is a universal value”

David Weinberger

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). We are concerned where IP infringement is tied to particularly egregious conduct, such as supporting terrorism or organized crime; judges should have the discretion to increase penalties. We’re seeing some truly gruesome examples of ties between organized crime and IP theft.

[2b2k] Cliff Lynch on preserving the ever-expanding scholarly record

David Weinberger

The scholarly output of the community should be captured, preserved, organized, and made accessible. Cliff Lynch is giving talk this morning to the extended Harvard Library community on information stewardship. ” Cliff is helping the Harvard Library with the formulation of a set of information stewardship principles. Missing points.

Innovation at the State Dept.

David Weinberger

This means that the organization is fundamentally reality-based, even when the leadership gets warped by politics. I just read Revolution@State , a pretty amazing report by the Lowy Institute , an independent policy think tank, about the extent and depth of e-diplomacy initiatives at the State Department. Policy guidane was barely mentioned.

[eim][misc] Too big to categorize

David Weinberger

They also get in the way of people who are searching with a different way of organizing the topic in mind. Amanda Filipacchi has a great post at the New York Times about the problem with classifying American female novelists as American female novelists. Amanda makes both points. Wikipedia’s categories have been broken for a long time.

Gladwell discovers it takes more than 140 characters to overturn a government

David Weinberger

Activism requires not just strong ties, but also strong, centralized, hierarchical organization. You need a hierarchy “if you’re taking on a powerful and organized establishment…&#. He is also right to debunk the notion that the Net would replace all traditional forms of governance and organization.

The problem is not with our imaginations

David Weinberger

Likewise, one could suggest that the solution — if there is one — is not more imagination, but more organizing. But I think I actually disagree with one of his key points. In other words, I’m very likely wrong. He recommends that we question our assumptions so we can come up with more imaginative solutions.

Does the moral universe arc?

David Weinberger

” He puts it on a level with our other faculties, part of the reaction against the reduction of consciousness to what comes through our sense organs. “The arc of the moral universe is long but bends towards justice.” ” Does it? As it is, our President did him proud. ” (p. But, is Parker right? ” (p.

Interop: The Book

David Weinberger

The book gives a concise def of interop: “The ability to transfer and render userul data and other information across systems (including organizations), applications or components.” John Palfrey and Urs Gasser are giving a book talk at Harvard about their new book, Interop. (It’s really good. Broad, thoughtful, engaging.

[berkman] Dries Buytaert

David Weinberger

“Some organizations are experimenting with this.” I’m at a Berkman [twitter: BerkmanCenter ] lunchtime talk (I’m moderating, actually) where Dries Buytaert is giving a talk about some important changes in the Web. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Paraphrasing badly.

Culture of Hope

David Weinberger

” We also both found a cadre of fellow travelers among the attendees and a handful of the other presenters, including many of the conference organizers. little harsh? Maybe, but not entirely unfair. Here’s a set of my posts from the Forum.). The Forum today invited a set of people to respond to four questions.

When should your self-driving car kill you?

David Weinberger

We consider age and health when doing triage for organ replacements. At Digital Trends I take another look at a question that is now gaining some currency: How should autonomous cars be programmed when all the choices are bad and someone has to die in order to maximize the number of lives that are saved? Who wins? Yeah, sure.

[dpla] Europeana

David Weinberger

He says people see Europeana in many different ways: web portal, search engine, metadata repository, network organization, and “great fun.&# The participating organizations love to work with Europeana. About fifteen of us are meeting with Europeana in their headquarters in The Haag. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong.

Who forces Google to remove search results because of copyright claims?

David Weinberger

Tayob, Google has released data on which organizations request certain search results be suppressed because of copyright issues. According to a post at TechDirt by Riaz K. From TechDirt: It may be a bit surprising, but at the top of the list? Microsoft, who has apparently taken down over 2.5 million URLs from Google’s search results.

[2b2k] The Internet, Science, and Transformations of Knowledge

David Weinberger

Not all fields are organized in the same way. We can inform funding decisions: What’s been happening in different fields, how they affected by social organizations, etc. 2. Where are projects being funded and how are they being organized? [ Note that this is cross posted at the new Digital Scholarship at Harvard blog. ].

[berkman] Dries Buytaert: Drupal and sustaining collaborative efforts

David Weinberger

They organize conferences and keep the servers up. ). It helps maintain drupal.org, organizes events, etc. Trade routes are like that: they were originally worn into the ground, but then become driven by commercial organizations, and finally are governed by the government. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. History.

Corrupting "Earned media"

David Weinberger

Larry Lessig points out that it’s not much different from news organizations tuning their coverage to their ratings. These new services let an organization or candidate buy coverage despite a decided lack of public interest. The services are corrosive. It’d still improve our relationship with the publication.”

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David Weinberger

He points to the dynamic between first responders who focus on saving individuals and the humanitarian organizations that take a more systematic view. Craig Fugate is the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He’s giving a keynote. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information.

Power politics in the age of Google

David Weinberger

Alexis: It’s easy to put up a one-off site to help organize and get attention. And some of the things you can do are organically natural: I don’t think you can convince 75M American teens that they’re all thieves. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Paraphrasing badly.

[berkman] Yochai Benkler on his new book

David Weinberger

“I made a mistake in presuming that the self interest of organizations…was such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders.” Management science: Work on team production and networks; high commitment, high-performance organizations. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points.

[2b2k] Big Data needs Big Pipes

David Weinberger

But a person on a mailing list I’m on (who wishes to remain anonymous) pointed to GLIF , the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, which rather surprisingly is not a cover name for a nefarious organization out to slice James Bond in two with a high-energy laser pointer. She draws on an article by Mari Silbey at SmartPlanet. To sum up: 1.

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[2b2k][eim] Over my head

David Weinberger

It’s true that I know a little about indexing because I’ve written about the organization of digital information, and even a little about indexing. Or, more exactly, because I’m not a professional indexer. It brings me joy to watch experts operate at levels far above me. The issue of The Indexer I happen to have — Vol.