Predictions

The Library Link of the Day blog led me to this article (dated September 2006), where Larry Sanger predicts:

In the next year, by the end of 2007, every major university, library, museum, archive, professional organization, government, and corporation will be asking themselves with increasing urgency: how, using what systems and methods, can we pool the entire world’s intellectual resources to create the ideal information resource? What worldwide projects and organizations should we join or help to create?

He then goes on to speculate about a better Wikipedia, which could be brought about by the creation of the Citizendium (Citizens’ Compendium).

From where I sit, I do not see universities, libraries, archives, and museums dedicating themselves to this effort; if it does come about, I’d think it would be more likely to be the effort of dedicated individuals, much like the Wikipedia is now.

What are your thoughts? Where do you predict that universities, libraries, archives, and museums will be irresistibly drawn to pooling their efforts?

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4 Comments

  1. Well, for one thing, Sanger’s wishful thinking would make his new business some serious money, but I don’t see how it would really help the tradional information stores that you mention. I think the problem of combining the “the entire world’s intellectual resources” lies in the fact that people own the copyright of vast amounts of that data and publishers aren’t apt to just give away their property. I can see universities paying publishers for direct access to their works in digital form, but only for their students. The places that I see resources being pooled are in the projects you and your colleagues are already working on, such as digitizing public domain works. Until there is some sort of massive change in copyright law, I doubt publishers will allow their works to be available for free to anyone in the world.

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