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It's not filter failure. It's a discovery deficit.


Slides for a talk given at RLUK 2010 conference in Edinburgh on 11 November 2010. The talk focuses on the idea of switching from filtering, or blocking the publication of information to one of …

Slides for a talk given at RLUK 2010 conference in Edinburgh on 11 November 2010. The talk focuses on the idea of switching from filtering, or blocking the publication of information to one of enabling discovery and what this means for the library and librarians.

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