David F. Flanders
JISC Programme Manager, Digital Infrastructure Team
Joint Information Systems Committee
Coming together to share new technologies, content, and applications, there is a serious question to be asked given the potential of a World Wide Web: is the effort truly “worldwide”? Talk about the potential of easily reusing innovations worldwide is widespread, but there is still very little evidence that significant scholarly infrastructure has been built that leverages the potential of the Web. In short, are things still being done in a pre-Web way?
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), in the UK, is actively seeking international partners to start building international infrastructure components. As a priority, JISC is focusing on what can be done to innovate four key pillars in the scholarly world: open access, open bibliography, open citation and open data. This session will focus on these four international infrastructure efforts and begin to examine what has been done in these areas and what still needs to be done at an international level (so that the full potential of the World Wide Web for scholarly infrastructure can be achieved). This international effort around open scholarship is being led by the JISC’s Digital Infrastructure Team.