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Re: Call for Chapters: Linking Government Data

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2010 14:46:33 -0400
Message-ID: <4CAE1589.7030902@openlinksw.com>
To: Bernadette Hyland <bhyland@3roundstones.com>
CC: John Erickson <olyerickson@gmail.com>, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
  On 10/7/10 1:53 PM, Bernadette Hyland wrote:
> Hi Kingsley,
> I hope the following context answers your question since I'm familiar 
> with the details ...


> In the spirit of transparency, we are looking for ways to raise the 
> profile of successful projects in order to increase credibility of the 
> SemWeb/LD community. A book like this doesn't generate the editor or 
> authors money per se, rather it raises the profile of these projects & 
> builds towards our common objectives in a credible manner.
> Author's individual names were listed in the table of contents with 
> the chapter title, *not* their affiliation or organization.  We hope 
> the book will be very representative of all nations involved in 
> Linking Data, including their motivations, approaches and lessons 
> learned.  The first book (LED) is very diverse IMO.
> But back to the money since we are talking transparency. The editor 
> will do most of the work upfront (call for papers, coordination, peer 
> review, mark up, etc).  The editor then finds a suitable publisher, 
> enter into a contract, negotiate the details on publication timeline, 
> rights, fees, etc.    In the case of the LED book, Dave stands to earn 
> < $10/hr for the hours he spent organizing the call for chapters, 
> working with at least three peers to review/edit each chapter, putting 
> the book into LaTeX, etc.  It is a labor of love so to speak ....
> I doubt Springer will make the NY Times best seller list  with the 
> Linking Enterprise Data book[1], but when books and conferences happen 
> around a topic, it is perceived as having a market which helps 
> legitimize our efforts.
> We promise to continue looking for innovative ways to make content 
> like this available for linked data producers & consumers, as are more 
> & more people each day around the world.

All good, re. clarity. But note some assumptions that nobody has control 

1. Springer making the NY Times best seller list -- we are in 
exponential times, Linked Data is hot, and the InterWeb is redefining 
Media amongst other things, it could be a best seller

2. Labor of love -- still a case of dealing with that scarce resource we 
know as "Time", all contributors should be clear about this aspect from 
the get-go

3. Attribution -- it's highly likely that most contributors to this book 
also possess WebIDs, so why not consider Attribution by WebID in 
addition to Literal Names?
> As John said, it is entirely up to you if you wish to contribute but 
> *no one* is editing and/or writing a chapter for the money.

John: was reacting (I believe) rather than responding to my comment. 
You've just responded to my comment :-)

An opaque and inherently ambiguous project participation call-out has 
now morphed into a much clearer endeavor -- I hope -- with regards to 
all potential  participants.


> Cheers,
> Bernadette Hyland
> CEO, Talis, Inc.
> www.talis.com <http://www.talis.com>
> Tel. +1-540-898-6410
> [1] 
> http://www.springer.com/computer/database+management+%26+information+retrieval/book/978-1-4419-7664-2
> On Oct 7, 2010, at 12:21 PM, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
>> On 10/7/10 11:42 AM, John Erickson wrote:
>>> Will all due respect, as with any monograph this is a call to
>>> *contribute*; the benefits if accepted are being part of an important
>>> work. Recipients are free to not submit!
>> John,
>> My question still stands? Who benefits from the sale of the book? No 
>> harm in investing a little more time about the expanse of the value 
>> chain graph.
>> Time is money. Time is a fixed component that is eternally scarce. 
>> Time is the ultimate problem. From these problems come opportunities 
>> and opportunity costs.
>> People don't always have enough time to figure our the density of any 
>> given value graph or its superficial value chain. Finding out vital 
>> details  *after* you've committed time and effort typically leads to 
>> bad-will.
>> Let's be clear about this stuff. That's all I seek. Transparency 
>> hasn't killed anyone or made enemies of friends, not the case with 
>> opacity!
>> Kingsley
>>> On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM, Kingsley 
>>> Idehen<kidehen@openlinksw.com <mailto:kidehen@openlinksw.com>>  wrote:
>>>> On 10/7/10 10:02 AM, David Wood wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> Please find below a Call for Chapters for a new contributed book to be
>>>> entitled Linking_Government_Data.  Please distribute this 
>>>> information as
>>>> widely as possible to help us collect useful success stories, 
>>>> techniques and
>>>> benefits to using Linked Data in governments.  Thanks in advance.
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Dave
>>>> --
>>>> David Wood announces a Call for Chapters for a new book to be entitled
>>>> Linking Government Data. First proposal submissions are due 
>>>> November 30,
>>>> 2010 to david@3roundstones.com <mailto:david@3roundstones.com>.
>>>> The book is intended to be published in print, ebooks format and on 
>>>> the Web,
>>>> but a publisher has not yet been chosen. More than one publisher is
>>>> interested.
>>>> 1st Proposal Submission Deadline: November 30, 2010
>>>> Full Chapter Submission Deadline: March 1, 2010
>>>> Linking Government Data
>>>> A book edited by David Wood, Talis, USA
>>>> I. Introduction
>>>> Linking Government Data is the application of Semantic Web architecture
>>>> principles to real-world information management issues faced by 
>>>> government
>>>> agencies. The term LGD is a play on Linking Open Data (LOD), a 
>>>> community
>>>> project started by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Semantic Web 
>>>> Education
>>>> and Outreach Interest Group aimed at exposing data sets to the Web in
>>>> standard formats and actively relating them to one another with 
>>>> hyperlinks.
>>>> Data in general is growing at a much faster rate than traditional
>>>> technologies allow. The World Wide Web is the only information 
>>>> system we
>>>> know that scales to the degree that it does and is robust to both 
>>>> changes
>>>> and failure of components. Most software does not work nearly as 
>>>> well as the
>>>> Web does. Applying the Web’s architectural principles to government
>>>> information distribution programs may be the only way to 
>>>> effectively address
>>>> the current and future information glut. Challenges remain, 
>>>> however, because
>>>> the publication of data to the Web requires government agencies to 
>>>> give up
>>>> the central control and planning traditionally applied by IT 
>>>> departments.
>>>> A primary goal of this book is to highlight both costs and benefits to
>>>> broader society of the publication of raw data to the Web by government
>>>> agencies. How might the use of government Linked Data by the Fourth 
>>>> Estate
>>>> of the public press change societies?
>>>> How can agencies fulfill their missions with less cost? How must
>>>> intra-agency culture change to allow public presentation of Linked 
>>>> Data?
>>>> This book follows the successful publication of Linking Enterprise 
>>>> Data by
>>>> Springer Science+Business Media in October 2011.
>>>> II. Objective of the Book
>>>> This book aims to provide practical approaches to addressing common
>>>> information management issues by the application of Semantic Web 
>>>> and Linked
>>>> Data research to government environments and to report early 
>>>> experiences
>>>> with the publication of Linked Data by government agencies. The 
>>>> approaches
>>>> taken are based on international standards. The book is to be 
>>>> written and
>>>> edited by leaders in Semantic Web and Linked Data research and 
>>>> standards
>>>> development and early adopters of Semantic Web and Linked Data 
>>>> standards and
>>>> techniques.
>>>> III. Target Audience
>>>> This book is meant for Semantic Web researchers and academicians, 
>>>> and CTOs,
>>>> CIOs, enterprise architects, project managers and application 
>>>> developers in
>>>> commercial, not-for-profit and government organizations concerned with
>>>> scalability, flexibility and robustness of information management 
>>>> systems.
>>>> Not-for-profit organizations specifically include the library and 
>>>> museum
>>>> communities.
>>>> Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following: 
>>>> – social,
>>>> technical and mission values of applying Web architecture to government
>>>> content, such as the means by which deployment agility, resilience 
>>>> and reuse
>>>> of data may be accomplished – Relating to other eGov initiatives – 
>>>> Building
>>>> of social (human-centered) communities to curate distributed data –
>>>> Enterprise infrastructure for Linking Government Data – Persistent
>>>> Identifiers – Linking the government cloud – Applications of Linked 
>>>> Data to
>>>> government transparency, organizational learning or curation 
>>>> of/access to
>>>> distributed information – Publishing large-scale Linked Data.
>>>> Contributions from those working with government Linked Data 
>>>> projects of all
>>>> sizes are sought. Many stories exist from the U.S. and U.K. government
>>>> agencies, but contributions from Estonia, Germany, New Zealand, 
>>>> Norway, etc,
>>>> etc, are more than welcome.
>>>> IV. Publisher
>>>> The book is intended to be published in print, ebooks format and on 
>>>> the Web,
>>>> but a publisher has not yet been chosen. More than one publisher is
>>>> interested. This book is expected to be published in late 2011.
>>>> V. Proposals
>>>> Proposals for chapters should consist of a summary of intended 
>>>> material,
>>>> approximately 1-2 pages in length. Please provide a working chapter 
>>>> title,
>>>> authors names and affiliations, relevant experience with Linked Data
>>>> projects for a government entity (or approaches applicable to such 
>>>> entities)
>>>> and a description of the proposed chapter’s contents.
>>>> VI. Important Dates
>>>> November 30, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
>>>> December 22, 2010: Notification of Proposal Acceptance
>>>> February 28, 2011: Full Chapter Submission
>>>> March 21, 2011: Review Results Notification
>>>> April 15, 2011: Revised Chapter Submission
>>>> May 1, 2011: Final Decision Notification
>>>> May 15, 2010: Final Revised and Formatted Chapter Submission
>>>> Inquiries and submissions should be sent by electronic mail to:
>>>> David Wood (david@3roundstones.com <mailto:david@3roundstones.com>)
>>>> VP Engineering
>>>> Talis Inc.
>>>> David,
>>>> Who gets paid for this book? I am assuming that this book is commercial
>>>> rather than free?
>>>> --
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Kingsley Idehen
>>>> President&  CEO
>>>> OpenLink Software
>>>> Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
>>>> Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen 
>>>> <http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/%7Ekidehen>
>>>> Twitter/Identi.ca: kidehen
>> -- 
>> Regards,
>> Kingsley Idehen
>> President&  CEO
>> OpenLink Software
>> Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
>> Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen 
>> <http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/%7Ekidehen>
>> Twitter/Identi.ca: kidehen



Kingsley Idehen	
President&  CEO
OpenLink Software
Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
Twitter/Identi.ca: kidehen
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