Ponder this if you will, with this claim, ” The Smithsonian Commons will do more than enable new discoveries. It will make possible whole new fields of discovery.”
Bold statements but with the demise of BECTA there is real danger that the UK will lose momentum in the enablement of ” discovery of resources for learning” .
The Smithsonian is showcasing a step change digital experience, with a new learning model that helps people with their “lifelong learning journeys.” The creation of Smithsonian Commons, a new part of digital presence dedicated to stimulating learning, creation, and innovation through open access to Smithsonian research, collections and communities.
With the Aspect project due to report on federated resource collection and content packaging, there is a feeling, as state financial constraints start to bite, that the UK will fall behind and rapidly lose its place on this developing space.
The opportunity exists for the publishing community, together with the museums to follow the example and make good use of the hard won knowledge and resource in UK. The really difficult question is who is going to drive this ? and then make it happen …
Vince Cable .. step up to the plate !!!