Unc study tour may 2011

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Paper presented as a movie to the 2011 Univeristy of North Carolina student study tour organised by the Department of Information Studies, University College London. addition links and references can be found at http://tinyurl.com/69czo4t

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Unc study tour may 2011

  1. 1. THE CURATION OF KNOWLEDGE AS A PUBLIC GOOD IN THE NETWORKED SOCIETY <ul><li>Chris Batt </li></ul><ul><li>PhD Researcher </li></ul><ul><li>University College London </li></ul>
  2. 2. Problem domain
  3. 3. How will digital technologies change the creation, management and exploitation of public collections?
  4. 4. Museums Libraries Archives Universities Colleges Schools Public service broadcasters COLLECTING, CURATING, DISCLOSING CREATING SKILLING CONNECTING INTERPRETING CONNECTING POPULARISING Collections KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTIONS
  5. 5. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE Resources that enable people to understand and learn more about themselves and the world LEARNING The apprehension of knowledge to advantage Systems model Public policy Knowledge collections Boundary exchange
  6. 6. If we did not have libraries, would someone invent them?
  7. 7. Widely accessible Highly regarded Increasingly under threat Tools of public policy Library: the Traditional model
  8. 8. THE WORLD HAS CHANGED 60 hours 1,700 0 20 minutes 200,000+ +300 1850 2005 Cost of a book Periodicals Other media
  9. 9. Looking forward, not backwards Willing to try new ideas Adopted and adapted to technology UK public libraries
  10. 10. How to take advantage of the future? Reactive not reflective STATUS QUO 2.0
  11. 11. Three reasons to plan for radical change
  12. 12. … strong and simple collective mission LACK OF … precise policy direction … powerful advocates in Government 1. POLICY INVISIBLITY
  13. 13. … strong and simple collective mission LACK OF … precise policy direction … powerful advocates in Government LEADING TO … failure to be heard … inability to demonstrate collective value … death by a thousand cuts 1. POLICY INVISIBLITY
  14. 14. … market failure TRADITIONAL PUBLIC VALUE MODEL … economies of scale … trust 2. CONTESTABILITY
  15. 15. … market failure TRADITIONAL PUBLIC VALUE MODEL … economies of scale … trust EXTERNAL COMPETITION - 24/7 2. CONTESTABILITY
  16. 16. 3. DIGITAL DETERMINISM MOBILE PLATFORMS … always on … recorded music revolution … reading habits – books and newspapers
  17. 17. Research Intentions and Methodology
  18. 18. In what ways will digital technologies and use of the Internet channels to collect, curate and exploit knowledge change approaches to public policy formulation, implementation and delivery? Knowledge and learning in 2050
  19. 19. In what ways will digital technologies and use of the Internet channels to collect, curate and exploit knowledge change approaches to public policy formulation, implementation and delivery? New architectures New policy frameworks New professionals Knowledge and learning in 2050
  20. 20. That the delivery of public value through knowledge and learning based on the binary relationship between institution and user will become more and more ineffective and expensive as online channels become the preferred user choice. PROPOSITION ONE – silos bad
  21. 21. COLLECTING, CURATING, DISCLOSING CREATING SKILLING CONNECTING INTERPRETING CONNECTING POPULARISING Individuals and communities Museums Libraries Archives Universities Colleges Schools Public service broadcasters
  22. 23. Who owns the third place/space?
  23. 24. “ Megaphones of informal learning ” Martin Bean Convergence = competition Who owns the third place/space?
  24. 25. That public value will best be achieved by strategic policies that treat end user value as the product of managed flows across institutions rather than as actions based on classes of institutions: the integration of unrelated institutions into a co-ordinated strategy . PROPOSITION TWO – VALUE GOOD
  25. 26. Content first, institution second
  26. 27. Institutional architecure Value flows Exchange relationships
  27. 28. Museums Libraries Archives Universities Colleges Schools Public service broadcasters Colleges COLLECTING, CURATING, DISCLOSING CREATING SKILLING CONNECTING INTERPRETING CONNECTING POPULARISING How to start a collective and radical debate about a shared future?
  28. 29. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE Resources that enable people to understand and learn more about themselves and the world LEARNING The apprehension of knowledge to advantage Value flow: systemic/ecosystem view Public policy Knowledge collections Boundary exchange
  29. 30. Hypothesis Ecosystem model Testing Evaluation/outcomes
  30. 31. INSTITUTIONAL SNAPSHOTS Fitness for the future External drivers Professional Preparedness Relevance to public policy SWOT
  31. 32. Public knowledge ecosystem model Value flows roles and relationships with the ability to test ideas and scenarios Boundary exchanges Processes and theories (learning behaviours, cognitive artefacts, autopoiesis) Key external trends policy priorities, social and technical change, new skills sets
  32. 33. Two parting challenges
  33. 34. How would you market setting up a library service in the current age of austerity?
  34. 35. Leaders of the wider knowledge sector A mission to break down barriers to access Defining, managing, mediating Integrating knowledge and learning into everyday life, every day! From librarian to knowledge warrior

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