3 thoughts on “The Infinite Library and Linked Data

  1. Kane

    Thank you for the link and the discussion points!

    Perhaps one move is to revisit the complicity of the very term “information” which has been bequeathed to us from communications theory a la conduit/channel metaphors in Shannon-Weaver. One of the errors is in conflating data and information as though the former is a component of the latter, but the latter generally lacks an operational definition (despite those like Luciano Floridi who attest that a philosophy of information is possible, I am always reminded of Roszak’s warning of the mystic if not fetishistic practices surrounding the very term “information”, and perhaps how it has been made part of an instrumentalization of neoliberal policies). The best answer with respect to the very idea of library information “science” would arguably come from Frohmann who champions the shift from information to that of the documentation practices that present far more flexible and process-based understanding of texts be them analog or digital.

    With respect to embedded linking (esp. in digital text) and the pathways we take in reading according to the multiplicity the text presents, I’m always reminded of Aarseth’s book on ergodic literature (although I am not entirely sure he employs the term “ergodic” correctly).

  2. Jakob

    One of the major barriers to linking is a lack of access. The article has been published in a closed access journal and not self-archived in an open repository. If the author does not even care for the basic linkability of her own work, I strongly doubt that her ideas about how to connect works and metadata is of any practical value.

    1. lkrier Post author

      I don’t think it’s entirely fair to discount the entirety of someone’s work just because of where it’s published. Ideally, it would be feasible to publish everything in open access journals, but we aren’t there yet, and people still have pressure to publish. I do think it’s crucial that librarians fight for tenure and scholarly communication reform, but I’m not an absolutist about these things.


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