A couple of weeks back we blogged about the ‘Future of Bibliographic Control’ draft report from a working group at the Library of Congress. Since then, we’ve submitted to the group a brief, collaboratively edited response to the draft and an appendix with some additional detailed comments.
The response was drafted by the Open Knowledge Foundation and Aaron Swartz of the Open Library and was co-signed by over 150 groups and individuals, including:
- Lawrence Lessig, Founder, Creative Commons
- Brewster Kahle, Founder, Internet Archive
- Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO O’Reilly Media
- Tim Spalding, Founder, LibraryThing.com
- Peter Suber, Senior Researcher, The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
- John Wonderlich, Program Director and John Brothers, CTO, Sunlight Foundation
- Paul Miller, Rob Styles, Terry Willan, Talis
- Rick and Megan Prelinger, Prelinger Library & Archives
- … and librarians, system librarians, catalogers, assistant librarians, library support staff, library users, library school lecturers and students, consultants, academics and software developers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, the Ukraine, the UK and the US.
Many, many thanks to all of those who helped to publicise this, and to those who co-signed the response! We hope that the working group consider amending the draft in light of our comments in January.
Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at jonathangray.org and he tweets at @jwyg.
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