We do not start from scratch, but build on the work of colleagues past and present. Newton’s famous metaphor – standing on the shoulders of giants – expresses the collaborative core of scholarship.
As we move from the Gutenberg to the Google galaxy, the web of scholarship becomes stronger. We are no longer delayed by the physical properties of print on paper.. The digital environment invites us to deepen our sharing of data, tools and results.
Sharing data as well as results
In that spirit I look forward to share my own statistical data through the web. In the not-so-distant future we will develop collective mechanisms to do so, I believe. In the meantime I will make my data available for reuse through a small data bank of my own.
Plinius Data Bank , or PliniusDB, is my personal “open access” collection of statistical data.
Most will be harvested from official library, media and cultural statistics. Some will be original data from my own projects, like statistics on visitors and activities inside libraries from the Count the traffic project. Some will be derived from data gathered and published by other projects.
The data will be published as Google Docs spreadsheets.
I see no point in republishing existing tables if they exist on the web. Then a simple link is sufficient. The whole point of the project is add value by taking existing data and process them further.
The data bank will be labelled and documented in English. Other languages, primarily Norwegian, will also be used. But I hope to present the information in such a way that it will be easy to interpret for anybody who can read the global lingua franca, which happens to be English at the present stage in world history.