Help construct a global directory of information professionals

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Dear all

A very good suggestion has come from simonfj, a reader who has suggested that we develop a global directory of the subject/disciplinary groups that are involved with digitisation, so that we can progress the notion (and work!) of collaboration.  The Australian Access Federation enables collaboration internationally, as well as between disciplinary groups – it sounds ideal.   His comment reads:

Gotta question though.One of the things I’m interested in is coming up with a directory for global subject/disciplinary groups. They call them ‘external’ groups at INternet2.

Taking that a bunch of NREN network managers can come up with federated log in to a group’s members’ space and integrate a number of “common services” could librarians com up with the directory?

I am sure that by ‘librarians’, he means all of us.  To this end, I have built a new wall for comments.  If you visit the website below, you will find that you can add a virtual ‘post-it’ note which expresses your point of view: you can also include media files and URLs.  Then, we can easily see and consider – and comment on – each other’s proposals.

I am excited to see what emerges out of this exercise!

All the best



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3 Responses to Help construct a global directory of information professionals

  1. simonfj says:

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for your interest. I think I may have led you a little astray. I wasn’t really talking about a directory just for info profs. As the discussions I have are mostly with (NREN) network managers and my background is in Audio/Video, this might be better described as “a directory for global subject/disciplinary groups”. The emphasis is on the idea of Groups which we know are all global, and inter-institutional.

    The challenge we are up against in the NRENs, particularly on the continents, where most NRENs share the same “backbone” (Internet2 in the US, Geant in Europe, etc) is that their network managers are trying to reconstruct the networks so that disciplinary user groups within can get together and collaborate. This will give you a perspective from the Euro end.

    Now all your “information professional” friends will have their favourite apps, ,just as the every other profession will have theirs. So the inter-networking discussions separate into the “common services” – I pointed to a short list on the aaf site – and “data services” where you’ll need a virtual machine to manipulate data. I prefer “human readable” or “machine readable”. Your info profs mainly think about human readable (thank goodness!), where we are watching the move away from National Institutional repositories to Global Group Collaboratories.

    The challenge is coming up with a directory by which the NRENs, on behalf of their National institutions, can point to a fixed spot in cyberspace where subject/disciplinary groups can collaborate. The combination of common services may be different for each group. The allocation of a node, once for each group, will give the network guys a chance to spread the load of common services between networks (It’s this change from Institutional client/server network model to Global SSO/Cloud which is having us go round in circles). N.B. NREN manager’s talk of ‘Federated’ SSO.

    Do we have to reinvent the wheel here? You know the language problem.
    And Dewey has 30 languages’ metadata hanging off each number.
    This is not about info but ‘real time’ comms. E.g. NRENs could give all global profs groups a global combined TV station/ conferencing site like as one common service.

    Whether info profs can see the utility in keeping their shared libraries in the same spot is up to them.
    P.S When I talk about ‘institution’ I use the description on this page.
    It’s a lot different than the Network manager’s ideas of institutions. Theirs are lot more architectural.

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