Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
The podcast was, as usual, great. But it was doubly interesting to me tonight as I listened to it straight after getting off the phone to California, where I'd been recording one of ourTalking with Talisconversations withEd Batista... Executive Director of theAttention Trust.
As Robert said, more than once, that Microsoft should join AttentionTrust, I'm sure he'll be interested to listen to our chat once it goes online.
“Once some technical challenges have been overcome, the 'digitised' books, journals, maps and manuscripts would be made available on the library's website and on a new MSN Book Search service which Microsoft plans to launch next year.”
This new generation of deals between content holders (such as the BL) and access providers (such as Microsoft or Google), in whichbothparties retain rights to exploit the resulting content, mark an important step forward from earlier arrangements in which content holders gave access providers exclusive distribution rights in exchange for money and other services.
Jonathan's messages, about the need to explore quite radical new models of doing business, and about the importance ofunlockingcontent in order to realise (greater) value at a point downstream from the original act of accessing it, resonate.
In the new model, access to content and services need not be controlled by the Gate Keepers who purchase licenses to monolithic blocks of content on our behalf. Economies of scale obviously still have a place, as do coordinated acts of selection. But our employees and our public are increasingly going around the glacially slow straitjackets of institutional/organisational purchasing and interacting directly with those sources of content and services smart and nimble enough to respond. The value of each of these individual interactions is minuscule. The potential is enormous, as is that for a new breed of 'Gate Keeper'; one thatfacilitatesandmediatesrather than controls and constrains.
Jonathan has agreed to talk with me for aTalking with Talisconversation, and we're working out the final details on that just now... I've heard Jonathan a few times now, and am very much looking forward to it. Once we have a firm date I'll invite your questions, as usual.
As is my wont, I listened to this while driving home late yesterday evening. All the clinking cutlery to be heard in the background did my grumbling stomach no good whatsoever! I wonder if the Churchill Club's food tasted as good as it sounded?
“The Government has published 'Transformational Government - Enabled by Technology', a strategy for transforming public services using technology. The strategy sets out how effective use of technology designed around citizens' and businesses' needs can make a real difference to people's daily lives. It is not simply about the internet, but is a far more profound approach that goes to the heart of public services delivery.”
APress Releaseis available on the Cabinet Office web site, which lists the ways in which public services will be improved through the report's recommendations. Of these, the first two resonate particularly well with Library 2.0, and activities at Talis;
“Designing technology and services around the needs of the citizen improving the citizen's choice of interaction with public services.
Sharing services and information across public sector to achieve efficiency and reduce duplication for staff and the public.”
Jonathan Schwartz atSunalsopostedon more or less the same topic which was, I am sure, entirely coincidental.
The move towards network-empowered applications and modes of working is undoubtedly both welcome and powerful, leveraging services and data from around the world, and (Microsoft argue) largely freeing us from the tyranny of the upgrade. As in the old days, someone else updates the applicationonce, on the server, and we simply receive the enhanced functionality.
At the moment, though, we suffer from lack of access toinformation resourceswhen we are off-Net. How crippled will we be when fundamental aspects of our applications (or the applications themselves) and 'our' data are beyond our reach in non-Lufthansa planes, non-GNER trains, or on the other side of exorbitantly expensive hotel network access charges?
The move to embrace and embed the Network has many benefits. We need to crack ubiquitous and affordable access to that Network if those benefits are to truly be realised by people other than those who spend all their time sat at a desk, connected to a wire.