Here’s some quotes from Bruce James (some not “direct” but paraphrasing from your’s truly). Mike Wash, lead technologist, also gave a presentation on ConOps:
–Internet is a disruptive technology. It will be seen in th future on par with the printing press.
–Jack Valenti says that internet2 will be standard within 1-2 years.
–Printing is still a necessity. Dozens of publications need to be in print for the foreseeable future.”
–Libraries should make decisions about what’s in print, not the government.
And here are some questions that I have:
Since Law Libraries have the greatest need for information in print, why not get a list of essential titles from them?
Mike mentioned “markets” and the fact that the system needs to serve its markets. What are the “markets” that GPO is talking about? Are libraries a primary market?
Mike mentioned that the FDS is “policy neutral”. How can a system be policy neutral?
Mike talked about plumbing. Are libraries included in the primary future plumbing scheme?
The metaphor of a car was also mentioned. This is apt. How will the system allow for tinkerers who like to change their own oil, tweak their carburators etc?
Open source was mentioned. Will the source for FDS be distributed on sourceforge? Where and how do you seee the open source community getting involved?
Budgets were mentioned. B.J. had some ideas about future funding, primarily the sale of the old GPO building and repurposing that $$ into the FDS. What’s to stop Congress from taking that $$ instead of letting GPO repurpose it? There are 1250-ish depository libraries. Has there been any thought about leveraging those budgets to help create a sustainable, distributed system? Not all libraries would be willing or able to help out, but I imagine there are some that would be willing, and some that would be willing to lead a consortia of libraries in creating local/regional digital depositories.
–This was interesting. GPO’s legislative liaison, Andrew Sherman, mentioned working closely with Congress. He dropped a little teaser about working on an amendment to Title 44. I would be *Very* interested in finding out what GPO is thinking in terms of changing title 44.
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