Message from Anja Smit, Looking back at the Fourth OCLC EMEA Regional Council Annual Meeting
The theme Dynamic Data: a world of possibilities, proved to be the perfect umbrella for engaging speakers to deliver their trendsetting ideas. Jean-Baptiste Michel, a young scientist from Harvard for example, presented the idea of two kinds of reading: slowly read a couple of (whole) books, or read ‘all books’ and analyse its contents in new ways. And by ‘all books’, he means the content of 15 million books, digitized by Google. Learn something from counting words… made me wonder if we should be looking at computers as our new library user type!
Anyway, with Roy Tennant, OCLC, speaking on ‘unchaining cataloguing’ and Klaus Ceynowa, Bayerische Statsbibliothek, leading us into a world where augmented reality is not a dream anymore but really real, many speakers left us with new insights to take home. Alongside new insights came dilemmas, as Raymond Bérard , ABES France, pointed out: when he talked about the possible impact of a global information infrastructure on regional or national collaboration?
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