This looks very interesting. The text below is from one of their about pages.
We The Data is born of a partnership between a group of friends, TED Fellows, and some visionaries at Intel Labs. A core team gathered to launch a campaign that enabled about 100 people to map and define the problem. Below is the core team and some of the key ‘problem mappers’ who contributed significantly to the process. Brought together by a common belief that ‘the internet is an organism in the process of being born’ and that we all have an important role in the data revolution, these groups worked together to seed what was to become a movement, #wethedata.
WE THE DATA of the World, in Order to form a more Meaningful Global Collective, establish Open Communication and Access, insure universal Transparency, provide for the common Good, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Vibrant Open Data for All as part of our positive legacy to the World, have hereunto subscribed our Names and share our stories.
From the new Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system website.
The EPO and USPTO both have highly developed patent classification systems. CPC is an ambitious harmonization effort to bring the best practices from each Office together. In fact, most U.S. patent documents are already classified in ECLA. The conversion from ECLA to CPC at the EPO will ensure IPC compliance and eliminate the need for the EPO to classify U.S. patent documents. At the USPTO, the conversion will provide an up-to date classification system that is internationally compatible.
The Digital Library Federation (a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources) has their conference (forum) in Denver this November, 2012.
“The Forum is a working meeting where the DLF Community, and those interested in joining, come together to do better work through sharing and collaboration. It provides an opportunity for practitioners to share experiences and practices and to support a broad level of information-sharing. Participation is open to all those interested in playing an active part in the successful future of digital libraries, museums, and archives services and collections.”
Go ahead and register for the conference. Here is the schedule.
Howard Rheingold has been writing about the impact of the Internet and other types of social networks on society for over 30 years. Earlier this year, he finished his most recent book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online.
The introduction (PDF) notes what the intended audience is, and why he wrote the book. Concerning collaboration, the most relevant section is Chapter Four, in which the discussion:
Moves from the personal and interpersonal to the cybersocial. The know-how at the core of this literacy is about the magic of several different flavors of collaboration made possible by networked media. The realms of collaboration are broad and deep, so this chapter offers both a high-altitude map of the territory of online collaboration and close-up conversations with the people who have created famously successful collaborative enterprises.
While I personally find that he uses the term “crap detection” a little too often for my tastes, I suppose it is a good way to get the point across to your average undergraduate student.
Clay Shirky recently spoke at TEDGlobal 2012. The video is not available yet, but they blogged about some of his session.
“When a lot of ideas come into circulation, it changes society,” Shirky says. “When there are more ideas in circulation, there are more ideas for any individual to disagree with. More media always means more argument. That’s what happens when media space expands.” The Internet is following the pattern, certainly providing us with another space for more argument. He shows a screenshot of some online “discussion” involving the phrase “maggot bastard,” a new one to me. (“YouTube is just a goldmine,” he says.)
“I study social media,” says Shirky, explaining, “I watch people argue.” Now he wants to introduce us to the group of people who represent to him the arguers we should watch most carefully: open-source programmers.
The ALIA Conference will be taking place in Sydney later this month. It looks like they have already posted some of the papers that will be presented at the conference. I see three sessions concerning collaboration and libraries, and two of them are available online (as far as I can find.)
“iPads: outreach, collaboration, and innovation in academic libraries” (PDF) by Freya Bruce, Vicki Bourbous, Maria El-Chami, John Eliot, and Sarah Howard, Australian Catholic University
“Ecosciences precinct library – collaboration of spaces & people” (PDF) by Helen Macpherson, Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, and Anne Tobin, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management
“International Collaboration to put Evidence into Practice” by Lisa Kruesi, University of Queensland Library, Suzanne Lewis, Central Coast Local Health District, and Connie Schardt, Duke University
Here is the full program as a PDF document.
MIT and Harvard announce edX. This is “a transformational new partnership in online education. Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.”
The blurb on the Hypothes.is website says:
It will enable sentence-level critique of written words combined with a sophisticated yet easy-to-use model of community peer-review. It will work as an overlay on top of any stable content, including news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and regulations, software code and more-without requiring participation of the underlying site.
It is based on a new draft standard for annotating digital documents currently being developed by the Open Annotation Collaboration, a consortium that includes the Internet Archive, NISO (National Information Standards Organization), O’Reilly Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a number of academic institutions.
They noted a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a workshop on February 22-24 in San Francisco and a Fellows program, so they must be on to something.
Coliibri is build from 100% community-sourced content, allowing authors to rally around creating unique works in a fun, collaborative atmosphere. Coliibri removes many of the traditional boundaries that limit innovation. You can collaborate on any idea with virtually anyone in the world.
Video for more info: https://www.coliibri.com/projects/coliibri-tutorial-video-v2
Kristine Fowler from the U. of Minnesota wrote “Mathematicians’ Views on Current Publishing Issues: A Survey of Researchers” for the journal, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Within the article, she noted:
Research Collaboration Tools and Methods
E-mail and face-to-face meetings are by far the most popular communication mechanisms for research collaborations, used usually/always by 89% and 68% of respondents, respectively. Use of telephone/Internet phone is the most variable, with roughly a third using it usually/always and a third using it rarely/never. None of the other collaboration methods given, ranging from posted letters to wikis, are frequently used by more than a few; in fact, 68-77% use them rarely or never.