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It’s not filter failure
It’s a discovery deficit
RLUK 11 November 2010, Edinburgh
or
Thankyou Clay Shirkey.
Now where’s my **** filter?
Some of the people
who contributed to
this presentation...
Helen Berman
Lorie LeJeune
Iain Emsley
Neil Saunders
Brian Kelly
Harry Collins
Michael Nielsen
Jen Dodd
Greg Wilson
Timo H...
Back to them later...
Me: A brief history
Finished highschool 1990...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/elsie/105716382 CC-BY
Undergrad 1991-94
First email addresss -1991
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bike/3046589822 CC-BY-SA
“You need to spend half a
day a week in the library
reading the new journals”
My project supervisor, 1994
http://www.flickr...
PhD 1995-99
http://web.archive.org/web/19990421174831/www.sciencemag.org/
http://web.archive.org/web/19990208214440/http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
Over the course of my PhD...
...day to day search went from...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecadman/486261295 CC-BY-SA
...to...
http://web.archive.org/web/19990208214440/http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
The last generation to
remember “the library”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhoweaa/436923541 CC-BY
Who are you?
“RLUK's vision is that the UK
should have the best research
library support in the world”
...the people who have to deliver
US Defence Department: 090807-N-5749W-394.jpg
...with limited resources
http://www.flickr.com/photos/picsbycam/3564466980 CC-BY
So where is the most value?
We share a problem
http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnurrbart/43568532 CC-BY-SA
Too much stuff...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/miczanin/4726970804 CC-BY-SA
Too little resource
For me the resource is...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/robbie73/3387189144 CC-BY-SA
...for you it is...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mukumbura/4052671706 CC-BY-SA
Information overload...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dylanroscover/3450505729 CC-BY-SA
Filter failure?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveyll/332723930
http://www.flickr.com/photos/biscuitsmlp/2247299538 CC-BY
A discovery deficit.
Filters block.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/emperley3/4705354106 CC-BY-SA
The right filter for you?
Right filter for now?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lotzman/3595748169 CC-BY
Filters makes sense
in a broadcast world
http://www.flickr.com/photos/m0dlx/506786451 CC-BY-SA
http://www.flickr.com/photos/baccharus/4473818003 CC-BY
Someone had to choose...
...you had to choose
http://www.flickr.com/photos/notramstolimestreet/4089688772 CC-BY
Centralised filters were required.
But today looks
more like this...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fraz5356/4754482759 CC-BY
Floods of information...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/4289349768 CC-BY
...content from all directions
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocarchives/4418399902 CC-BY
This is a good thing...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/62337512@N00/3958637561 CC-BY
http://www.flickr.com/photos/flavinsky/3410980137 CC-BY
Every reader their book....
...for every moment,
and every problem
http://www.flickr.com/photos/valeriebb/290711738 CC-BY-SA
Every book its reader...
Every book its reader...
All we need to do
is connect them...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_s/8271860 CC-BY
Save the time of the reader.
0
25,000,000,000
50,000,000,000
75,000,000,000
100,000,000,000
1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006
Submissions to Genbank
0
1.25
2.50
3.75
5.00
1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006
Average Capacity of Human Researcher
0
1.25
2.50
3.75
5.00
1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006
Average Capacity of Human Librarian
http://www.flickr.com/photos/atomicjeep/2065043917 CC-BY
One person is not enough...
...but neither is a
gated community
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypowe11/3759152528
“Skulls don’t scale”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolune/5117452872 CC-BY-SA
David Weinberger
Networks scale
Discovery deficit
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationallibrarynz_commons/4078337883 Public Domain
Is search the answer?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ezioman/2095747903 CC-BY
A blunt instrument...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylemay/1430449350 CC-BY
...not every problem is a nail
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bb_matt/207102083 CC-BY
Social networks scale
Social aggregation...
...but still too much content
Social annotation
Each interaction adds value...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/qnr/1263648697 CC-BY-SA
...and each
interaction
measures
value...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3209939998 CC-BY
...adding to my collection...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/klmircea/3210506796 CC-BY-SA
...indexing and curating
http://www.flickr.com/photos/koalazymonkey/3650487959 CC-BY
My collection.
My collection.
Not your collection.
My professional mission as a librarian is this:
Help people build their own libraries.
That's it. That's all I care about....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackplastic/1433817953 CC-BY-SA
Democratization?
You need us...
...alll of us
http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardmoross/3947406286 CC-BY
But we also need you.
Whither “the library”?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhoweaa/436923541 CC-BY
Books are for use.
Every reader their book.
Every book its reader.
Save the time of the reader.
The library is a growing o...
Simply connect.
People with content...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosimoes7/2382514343 CC-BY
...content with content...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nufkin/243437309 CC-BY
...but above all...
Connect people with people
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/3088582622
The library as the
engine of discovery.
Through open
frameworks. Open data.
Open communities.
You provide the framework...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gadl/300325809 CC-BY-SA
We’ll provide the people
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mararie/3313582639/ CC-BY-SA
Don’t think about filtering.
Don’t think about control.
Enable discovery.
cn@cameronneylon.net
http://cameronneylon.net
http://slideshare.net/cameronneylon
Twitter: @cameronneylon
Friendfeed: came...
It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.
It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.
It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.
It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.
It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.
It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.
It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.
It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.
It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.
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  1. 1. It’s not filter failure It’s a discovery deficit RLUK 11 November 2010, Edinburgh
  2. 2. or Thankyou Clay Shirkey. Now where’s my **** filter?
  3. 3. Some of the people who contributed to this presentation...
  4. 4. Helen Berman Lorie LeJeune Iain Emsley Neil Saunders Brian Kelly Harry Collins Michael Nielsen Jen Dodd Greg Wilson Timo Hannay Maxine Clarke Jenny Rohn Ricardo Vidal Paulo Nuin JennyHale Peter Murray-Rust Deepak Singh Jon Udell Tim O’Reilly David Crotty Rafael Sidi Richard Akerman Jean-Claude Bradley Mike Ellis Liz Lyons Andy Powell Gavin Baker Peter Suber Victor Henning Sabine HossenfelderFlickr Google Steve Wilson Andrew Milsted Frank Norman Dave de Roure Jeremy Frey John Cumbers Bill Flanagan ISIS LSS Group Lakshmi Shastry Catherine Jones ISIS Computing GroupSTFC Plausible Accuracy John Dupuis Chad Orzel Ken Shankland Martyn Bull Jonathan Gray Rufus Pollock Clay Shirky Kevin Kelly Gavin Bell Shirley Wu Euan Adie Richard Curry Ian Mulvany Jamie McQuay Atilla Csordas Pawel Szcsesny Gabriel Cavalli Matt Wood TIM HUBBARD DUNCAN HULL Richard Grant Branwen Hide PLoS Friendfeed Bora Zivkovic Peter Binfield John Wilbanks Kaitlin Thaney The BioGang Tony Williams Egon  Willighagen Martin Fenner Yaroslav Nikolaev Jon Eisen Michael Eisen Richard Akerman Jeremiah Faith Michael Barton Lee Smolin Garret Lisi Victoria  Stodden Simon Coles Tony Hey Noel Gorelick Jon Tansley Benjamin Good Dorothea Salo Paul Walk Mitch Waldrop Björn Brembs Rich Apodaca Bill Hooker Pedro Beltrao Mat Todd SciFoo 2008/9 campers Stephen Brenner Brian Matthews Allyson Lister Phil Lord Steve Koch Koch Lab Carole Goble Stephen Friend Eva Amsen JOHN WILLINSKY Steph Hannon Rebecca Goulding Leigh Dodds Paul Miller Mark Borkum Dan Hagon Jim Downing Nico Adams @gnat Fabiana Kubke Hope Leman Lisa Green Ariel Waldmann @t Grace Baynes Simon Philips Matt Johnson Lee Dirks Microsoft NPG Ben Goldacre Arfon Smith Nicholas Cole Chris Leonard PIERRE LINDENBAUM ALAN CANN Jo Badge Mummi Thorissson Andrew Kasarskis Glyn Moody @communicating PT Sefton AndrewFarke
  5. 5. Back to them later...
  6. 6. Me: A brief history
  7. 7. Finished highschool 1990... http://www.flickr.com/photos/elsie/105716382 CC-BY
  8. 8. Undergrad 1991-94
  9. 9. First email addresss -1991 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bike/3046589822 CC-BY-SA
  10. 10. “You need to spend half a day a week in the library reading the new journals” My project supervisor, 1994 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecadman/486261295 CC-BY-SA
  11. 11. PhD 1995-99
  12. 12. http://web.archive.org/web/19990421174831/www.sciencemag.org/
  13. 13. http://web.archive.org/web/19990208214440/http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
  14. 14. Over the course of my PhD...
  15. 15. ...day to day search went from...
  16. 16. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecadman/486261295 CC-BY-SA
  17. 17. ...to...
  18. 18. http://web.archive.org/web/19990208214440/http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
  19. 19. The last generation to remember “the library” http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhoweaa/436923541 CC-BY
  20. 20. Who are you?
  21. 21. “RLUK's vision is that the UK should have the best research library support in the world”
  22. 22. ...the people who have to deliver US Defence Department: 090807-N-5749W-394.jpg
  23. 23. ...with limited resources http://www.flickr.com/photos/picsbycam/3564466980 CC-BY
  24. 24. So where is the most value?
  25. 25. We share a problem http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnurrbart/43568532 CC-BY-SA
  26. 26. Too much stuff... http://www.flickr.com/photos/miczanin/4726970804 CC-BY-SA
  27. 27. Too little resource
  28. 28. For me the resource is... http://www.flickr.com/photos/robbie73/3387189144 CC-BY-SA
  29. 29. ...for you it is... http://www.flickr.com/photos/mukumbura/4052671706 CC-BY-SA
  30. 30. Information overload... http://www.flickr.com/photos/dylanroscover/3450505729 CC-BY-SA
  31. 31. Filter failure? http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveyll/332723930
  32. 32. http://www.flickr.com/photos/biscuitsmlp/2247299538 CC-BY
  33. 33. A discovery deficit.
  34. 34. Filters block. http://www.flickr.com/photos/emperley3/4705354106 CC-BY-SA
  35. 35. The right filter for you? Right filter for now? http://www.flickr.com/photos/lotzman/3595748169 CC-BY
  36. 36. Filters makes sense in a broadcast world http://www.flickr.com/photos/m0dlx/506786451 CC-BY-SA
  37. 37. http://www.flickr.com/photos/baccharus/4473818003 CC-BY Someone had to choose...
  38. 38. ...you had to choose http://www.flickr.com/photos/notramstolimestreet/4089688772 CC-BY
  39. 39. Centralised filters were required.
  40. 40. But today looks more like this... http://www.flickr.com/photos/fraz5356/4754482759 CC-BY
  41. 41. Floods of information... http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/4289349768 CC-BY
  42. 42. ...content from all directions http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocarchives/4418399902 CC-BY
  43. 43. This is a good thing... http://www.flickr.com/photos/62337512@N00/3958637561 CC-BY
  44. 44. http://www.flickr.com/photos/flavinsky/3410980137 CC-BY
  45. 45. Every reader their book....
  46. 46. ...for every moment, and every problem
  47. 47. http://www.flickr.com/photos/valeriebb/290711738 CC-BY-SA
  48. 48. Every book its reader...
  49. 49. Every book its reader...
  50. 50. All we need to do is connect them... http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_s/8271860 CC-BY
  51. 51. Save the time of the reader.
  52. 52. 0 25,000,000,000 50,000,000,000 75,000,000,000 100,000,000,000 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 Submissions to Genbank
  53. 53. 0 1.25 2.50 3.75 5.00 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 Average Capacity of Human Researcher
  54. 54. 0 1.25 2.50 3.75 5.00 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 Average Capacity of Human Librarian
  55. 55. http://www.flickr.com/photos/atomicjeep/2065043917 CC-BY One person is not enough...
  56. 56. ...but neither is a gated community http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypowe11/3759152528
  57. 57. “Skulls don’t scale” http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolune/5117452872 CC-BY-SA David Weinberger
  58. 58. Networks scale
  59. 59. Discovery deficit http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationallibrarynz_commons/4078337883 Public Domain
  60. 60. Is search the answer? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ezioman/2095747903 CC-BY
  61. 61. A blunt instrument... http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylemay/1430449350 CC-BY
  62. 62. ...not every problem is a nail http://www.flickr.com/photos/bb_matt/207102083 CC-BY
  63. 63. Social networks scale
  64. 64. Social aggregation...
  65. 65. ...but still too much content
  66. 66. Social annotation
  67. 67. Each interaction adds value... http://www.flickr.com/photos/qnr/1263648697 CC-BY-SA
  68. 68. ...and each interaction measures value... http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3209939998 CC-BY
  69. 69. ...adding to my collection... http://www.flickr.com/photos/klmircea/3210506796 CC-BY-SA
  70. 70. ...indexing and curating http://www.flickr.com/photos/koalazymonkey/3650487959 CC-BY
  71. 71. My collection.
  72. 72. My collection. Not your collection.
  73. 73. My professional mission as a librarian is this: Help people build their own libraries. That's it. That's all I care about. Daniel Chudnov, Library of Congress http://onebiglibrary.net/story/because-this-is-the-business-weve-chosen
  74. 74. http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackplastic/1433817953 CC-BY-SA Democratization?
  75. 75. You need us... ...alll of us
  76. 76. http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardmoross/3947406286 CC-BY But we also need you.
  77. 77. Whither “the library”? http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhoweaa/436923541 CC-BY
  78. 78. Books are for use. Every reader their book. Every book its reader. Save the time of the reader. The library is a growing organism.
  79. 79. Simply connect.
  80. 80. People with content... http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosimoes7/2382514343 CC-BY
  81. 81. ...content with content... http://www.flickr.com/photos/nufkin/243437309 CC-BY
  82. 82. ...but above all...
  83. 83. Connect people with people http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/3088582622
  84. 84. The library as the engine of discovery.
  85. 85. Through open frameworks. Open data. Open communities.
  86. 86. You provide the framework... http://www.flickr.com/photos/gadl/300325809 CC-BY-SA
  87. 87. We’ll provide the people http://www.flickr.com/photos/mararie/3313582639/ CC-BY-SA
  88. 88. Don’t think about filtering. Don’t think about control. Enable discovery.
  89. 89. cn@cameronneylon.net http://cameronneylon.net http://slideshare.net/cameronneylon Twitter: @cameronneylon Friendfeed: cameronneylon Thanks to: Sciencetwists, Friendfeeders, and the wider online community for ideas, criticism, and conversations. Deepak Singh, Larry Lessig, Andy Powell, and John Wilbanks for presentation inspiration. Flickr for images
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