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What We Hope the Digital Public Library of America Will Become

Tomorrow is the official launch date for the [Digital Public Library of America](http://dp.la/) (DPLA). If you’ve been following it, you’ll know that it has the long term aim of realising “a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all”. More specifically, Robert Darnton, Director of the Harvard University […]

Communia condemns the privatisation of the Public Domain by the BnF

Last week the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) concluded [two new agreements](http://www.culturecommunication.gouv.fr/Espace-Presse/Communiques/Investissements-d-Avenir-Deux-partenariats-d-envergure-conclus-pour-la-numerisation-et-la-diffusion-des-collections-de-la-Bibliotheque-nationale-de-France-BnF) with private companies to digitze over 70.000 old books, 200.000 sound recordings and other documents belonging (either partially or as a whole) to the public domain. While these public private partnerships enable the digitization of these works they also contain 10-year exclusive agreements […]

Goodbye Aaron Swartz – and Long Live Your Legacy

[Aaron Swartz](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz), coder, writer, archivist and activist, took his own life in New York on Friday. Aaron worked tirelessly to open up and maximise the societal impact of information in three areas which are central to our work at the Foundation: public domain cultural works, public sector information, and open access to publicly funded research. […]

The Digital Public Library of America moving forward

**A fuller version of this post is available on the [Open GLAM blog](http://openglam.org/2012/11/05/the-digital-public-library-of-america-moving-forward/)** The Digital Public Library of America ([DPLA](http://dp.la/)) is an ambitious project **to build a national digital library platform for the United States that will make the cultural and scientific record available, free to all Americans**. Hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet […]

#OpenDataEDB 3

Amidst the kerfuffle and cacophony of the Fringe Festival packing up for another year, the Edinburgh contingent came together again to meet, greet, present and argue all aspects of Open Data and Knowledge. OKFN Meet-ups are friendly and informal evenings for people to get together to share and debate all areas of openness. Depending on […]

JISC Open Biblio 2 project – final report

**This is cross-posted from [openbiblio.net](http://openbiblio.net/2012/08/23/final-report-jisc-open-bibliography-2/).** Following on from the success of the first [JISC Open Bibliography project](http://openbiblio.net/2011/06/30/final-product-post-open-bibliography/) we have now completed a further year of development and advocacy as part of the [JISC Discovery programme](http://discovery.ac.uk/). Our stated aims at the beginning of the second year of development were to show our community (namely all those […]

BiblioHack-ed

Last month we ran the Open Knowledge Foundation’s largest celebration of open bibliographic data to date. The main focus of the two-day event was to get some hacking done and use the tools the Open Knowledge Foundation has helped to build, or is currently building, for working with bibliographic data, such as [BibServer](http://bibserver.org/), [TEXTUS](http://textusproject.org) and […]

Bibliographic References in Textus

[Textus](http://textusproject.org/) is the OKFN’s open source platform for working with collections of texts. It harnesses the power of semantic web technologies and delivers them in a simple and intuitive interface so that students, researchers and teachers can share and collaborate around collections of texts. Sites such as the upcoming [openphilosophy.org](http://openphilosophy.org/) and the existing [openshakespeare.org](http://openshakespeare.org/) contain […]

The Right to Read Is the Right to Mine

*The following is a draft content mining declaration developed by the Open Knowledge Foundation’s [Working Group on Open Access](http://access.okfn.org/)* **In brief: The Right to Read Is the Right to Mine** ##Introduction Researchers can find and read papers online, rather than having to manually track down print copies.  Machines  (computers) can index the papers and extract […]