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?
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?
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager. She provides community development skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.