For over 30 years, libraries have invested in building the ecosystem of open source communities and software projects that support the preservation and access of digital content.
Standards and interoperability specifications can, when thought of systematically, help enable access to knowledge across our systems, as well as resilience and redundancy should a service go down. But additional clarity as to what standards to implement and what counts as an “open knowledge system” is needed if we are to make progress towards a more equitable and resilient means of sharing knowledge across institutions.
To help address this challenge, a small group consisting of leaders from top U.S. research Universities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) have been working to create an IFLA standard to acts as a “meta standard”, one that highlights recommended existing standards and guidelines to enable interoperability and open knowledge sharing across systems, borders, and technologies. The focus of this work is on interoperability and standards that enable and further open exchange of information, knowledge and data across systems and technologies used within the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum (GLAM) space.
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