and we’re in for the next round

October 26th, 2005 by Jim

Last night at the launch event for the Open Content Alliance, RLG was announced as a partner.

    RLG is contributing the RLG Union Catalog as a source for data to OCA participants. press release

These 48 million titles will help to describe the digitized library materials that will be contributed, to keep track of what is digitized, and to help inform choices about what should be digitized. As the work goes forward the information in the Union Catalog will be augmented with information about copyright status to help guide selection and scanning efforts.

As I said at the event, we’re happy to be an early contributor. The union catalog that our research library, archive and museum members built over the course of the last thirty years has been one of the great boons to scholarship and learning. The ability to discover the materials of research has been one of the most powerful enabling capacities in our community.

It seems only fitting that The Union Catalog, one of the great products of the cooperation and social contracts in our community, should enable successful collaboration on the next grand generational challenge – building out the collective digital library to enable a great research and learning experience for scholars, students and citizens. We hope the OCA becomes the focus for a huge collaborative, multi-year, massively distributed, intelligently and appropriately coordinated effort to achieve this goal. We’re ready to help make it happen.

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One Response to “and we’re in for the next round”

  1. » Blog Archive » Smorgasbord Says:

    [...] All of us bloggers (plus a couple of other RLG folks) have been spending a lot of time kick-starting the Open Content Alliance (OCA) Working Groups – you may have seen the announcements, and read some of Jim’s earlier entries on the topic. We just had a meeting of all the working group chairs and RLG support staff to fine-tune titles, charters and dependencies last Friday. One of the outcomes was that we’ve vowed to keep most of the working groups themselves light and maneuverable, while asking for wide review of the resulting documentation. Since we’re not writing any community-wide best practice guidelines, but rather fleshing out how the Internet Archive can run the OCA as a successful, scalable venture, this seems to be the right way to go. Stay tuned for more details on the meeting – I’m sure other bloggers will chime in. [...]