Open, social and linked – a ménage à trois of content exploitation

Andy Powell
Eduserv

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Openness (or, at least, the perception of openness), the growing importance of social media, and our ability to use the humble hypertext link to construct a complex ‘web of data’ form the foundations on which much of the impact of the modern web is built. This talk will look at what the three words, ‘open’, ‘social’ and ‘linked’, mean, both technologically and economically, and will consider the impact they might have on the ways in which university libraries and academic publishers can best disclose their content on the web.

ANDY POWELL is Research Programme Director at Eduserv, a not-for-profit IT service provider, where he is responsible for a programme of internal and external research and standards-making activities that inform the development of sustainable services for education, health and the public sector. His primary areas of interest include: cloud services in education, metadata, the Semantic Web and Linked Data; repositories, research data, resource discovery and scholarly communication; identity and access management. Over the last 15 years Andy has been involved in a wide range of digital library projects, services and standards-making activities at both national and international levels. As part of those activities he has worked closely with JISC, often in an advisory capacity, on a variety of their programmes including the JISC Information Environment, Repositories and Preservation, the UK Access Management Federation and, more recently, the Resource Discovery Taskforce (covering libraries, museums and archives). Andy is a techie at heart but has occasionally been known to get thru a whole 30-minute presentation without using a single angle bracket.

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