VALA2008 Plenary 6 Weibel

VALA2008 Keynote SpeakerMaking identifiers concrete (so library places and spaces don’t have to be)

Stuart WeibelVALA 2008 PLENARY 6: Stuart Weibel
Thursday 7 February 2008 15:40 – 17:00
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Stuart Weibel

Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Programs and Research, USA

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Libraries are about the persistence of culture, and social networks are about fluid group behaviour. Mixing these idioms will allow users to swim in the social currents of peers, all the while embedded in the aggregated, organised wisdom fixed in the treasures of social heritage — and maybe enrich those treasures into the bargain. Achieving this vision requires systems of Web-scale standards and protocols on the one hand, and the participation of users that social networking applications promise on the other. The delivery of library services into such an environment requires rigorous notions of identity – of users, library assets, and of the shared context and content that emerge from their interaction. Dr. Weibel will share his personal view of how a better identifier architec ture will help us integrate these seemingly disparate worlds.