Six months ago, 15 global business, government, and public health leaders spent three and a half hours on a tabletop exercise called Event 201. Organized, in part, by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, it simulated an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that led to a severe pandemic. The event was livecast and ended with seven recommendations. The proceedings were captured on video and, together with the recommendations, are still available on the Event 201 website. Questions (undoubtedly rhetorical): How many libraries have this content included in their catalog system and stored safely in their collection? How many are able to connect this content with archival materials from the 1918 Spanish ‘flu pandemic? Of course, the answer is probably zero (or very close to zero).
In this presentation, Toby Green, former Head of Publishing at Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and now Co-Founder of Coherent Digital, will explain why it has been so hard to capture this type of informally published, ‘wild’ content from websites owned by non-governmental organizations, think tanks and research groups and connect it with formally published content and special collections. He will describe a new service, Policy Commons (due to launch this summer), that will address this problem using an all-new, open, process that is compatible with traditional library systems.