Saturday, August 28, 2010

Is 2010 "the year of open data" in Classics?

Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has called for "raw data now"; in a TED talk this spring, he showed examples of what can happen when people have access to openly licensed and freely reusable data sets.

The American Philological Association thinks the internet is a gated community. The lead story on the APA's website is the continuing effort to raise funds for a "portal" that will help members find resources available only to subscribers.

Compare Berners-Lee's talk (freely licensed so I can legally embed it in this blog post), with the APA's video presentation of its campaign (from the APA website either in Quicktime or Windows Media format). Which vision of sharing scientific and scholarly data do you see as the future of Classics?

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