Linked data and the future of information sharing

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I am struck by the difference between the monopolistic aspects of big tech that Cory discussed in the opening session and the openness and collaboration and pluralistic feel of linked data activity in this presentation. Scholarship is at its heart a sharing activity. But are there threats to pluralism in scholarship and academic freedoms? As a scholarly publisher we try to advance science based on merit and academic rigor, but Cory mentioned that he thought publishing was monopolistic. He mentioned Random House and Simon & Schuster. That’s not scholarly publishing of course. We talk about economies of scale as necessary to being able to publish all the scholarship that is out there. But is the economies of scale argument legitimate for scholarly publishers?


Does anything change about perceptions of scholarly publishing when most published scholarship is open and openly linked even if dominated by a relative handful of distinct publishing houses?

Good discussion of potential role of librarians and their institutional repositories in curation of data sets in some disciplines. I know the carpentry people try to build skills needed for this type of work.

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Just popping a link in here in case anyone would like to know more about Dimensions on Google Big Query (warning: major data fun rabbit-hole, so bring your cafetière of coffee before you dive in!)

The Dimensions team also have a range of on-demand webinars available if you want to know more. I think you can sign up to hear about new ones on the same page too.

Grab any Digital Science folks if you have any questions and, as @Christian_Herzog said, if we don’t know the answer, we can find someone excellent that will know more!

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Shelley Stall’s presentation: Stall, Shelley. (2021, February). Cite Data. Link Data. Presented at the NISO Plus 2021, Zenodo.