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Platform Thinking: Frameworks for a National Digital Platform State of Mind

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Talk presented as a closing keynote to the Biodiversity Heritage Library's National Digital Stewardship Residency program meeting at the National Museum of Natural History. This talk reviews the National Digital Platform framework developed by US IMLS in collaboration with various library, archives and museum stakeholders and presents a series of additional conceptual frameworks on the role of software in society and psychology.

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Platform Thinking: Frameworks for a National Digital Platform State of Mind

  1. 1. PLATFORM THINKING FRAMEWORKS FOR A NATIONAL DIGITAL PLATFORM STATE OF MIND
  2. 2. Background on the National Digital Platform
  3. 3. solve local needs & contribute to national efforts.
  4. 4. catalyze improvements to digital capability & capacity
  5. 5. the national digital platform is the combination of software, social and technical infrastructure & staff expertise that provide library content and services to all users in the United States.
  6. 6. The platform isn’t an individual thing. It isn’t a piece of software, or a website. The platform is what all those things add up to.
  7. 7. It is possible for every library and in the country to leverage and benefit from the work of other libraries in shared digital services, systems and infrastructure.
  8. 8. NDP@3 Report Details Results and Trends
  9. 9. NDP@3 Report Details Results and Trends
  10. 10. 3 FRAMEWORKS • SOFTWARE IS IDEOLOGICAL • COGNITIVE EXTENSION • COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE
  11. 11. SOFTWARE ENACTS IDEOLOGY
  12. 12. “each piece of software constructs a way of seeing, knowing, and doing in the world that at once contains a model of part of the world it ostensibly pertains to and that also shape it every time it is used” (Fuller p.19, 2003). Fuller, 2003. Behind the Blip: Essays on the Culture of Software
  13. 13. COGNITIVE EXTENSION
  14. 14. “A month ago, I bought an iPhone. The iPhone has already taken over some of the central functions of my brain. It replaced part of my memory… It is a tremendous resource in an argument, with Google ever present to help settle disputes.” (ix.). From the intro to Clark, Andy. (2008). Supersizing the mind: Embodiment, action, and cognitive extension. New York: Oxford University Press.
  15. 15. Extended Mind , 2011-5-25 https://xkcd.com/903/
  16. 16. COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE
  17. 17. “What is Collective Intelligence? It is a form of universally distributed intelligence, constantly enhanced, coordinated in real-time, and resulting in the effective mobilization of skills.” (1997, p.13) Levy, P. (1997). Collective intelligence: Mankind’s emerging world in cyberspace. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books.
  18. 18. Wisdom of the Ancients, 2011-11-18 https://xkcd.com/979/
  19. 19. Information technologies become part of us. We inhabit them. This makes it all the more essential that library values are embedded in the systems that thrive.
  20. 20. The national digital platform work is off to a great start. But we have a long way to go before we get to a world where library values are central to the ways people around the world enage with digital information.

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