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Re: Call for Chapters: Linking Government Data

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 13:30:32 -0400
Message-ID: <4CB349B8.10501@openlinksw.com>
To: David Wood <david@3roundstones.com>
CC: public-lod <public-lod@w3.org>
  On 10/10/10 10:20 AM, David Wood wrote:
> Hi Kingsley,
> On Oct 7, 2010, at 11:23 AM, Kingsley Idehen 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.
>>> ...
>> David,
>> Who gets paid for this book? I am assuming that this book is 
>> commercial rather than free?
> You, of all people, should know better than to assume :)


I thought we closed this matter following my response to Bernadette 
(who's response embellished the initial call-out with additional clarity).

Again, you are "reacting" rather than "responding".

Did I give you any impression that my question was posed for my own 
insight? If my question was so scoped, wouldn't I have sent you a 
private email?

I post comments to public forums when I deem them to be of public 
interest. There are lots of people on this mailing list that *might* 
need clarity re. these matters, no more no less.

> With the previous book, Linking_Enterprise_Data, I was able to 
> convince Springer to give me the Web rights to the book while they 
> retained the rights to publish in paper and ebook form.  I am working 
> now to convert the entire contents of that book to well-formatted HTML 
> and create a rich RDF description of the contents for free publication 
> on the Web.  I hope that the publication to the Web will nearly 
> correspond with the print publication (slated for 22 Oct).  I might 
> need a bit more time due to work commitments.
> Funds from sales of the print and ebook formats of the LED book go to 
> Springer, and they will dole out a portion to me as editor.  Springer 
> anticipates roughly 1,000 print and ebook sales, which would leave me 
> working for much less than the $10 per hour that Bernadette suggested. 
>  I suspect that a similar arrangement will be struck with the 
> publisher of the LGD book.
> Springer is an academic publisher.  It is presumed that most chapter 
> authors will be either full-time or part-time academics who have 
> something to gain from the mere process of publishing in a 
> peer-reviewed book.  Indeed, that is one of my goals, although the 
> primary goal of these books from my perspective is to present material 
> on the Web for the growth of the Linked Data community, which has 
> indirect benefits to me and my employers.
> Some, perhaps even the majority, of the chapter authors for the LGD 
> book may not be academics in any form.  They still may benefit from 
> the kudos associated with publication.  Free publication on the Web is 
> one way to expand the benefits and kudos beyond the limitations of a 
> traditional academic publication.

Here is the fundamental intent behind my comments (one more time):

When you make a public call-out for public contribution to a project, do 
the best you can to make it as transparent as possible. Thus, ensuring 
that people (generally) possess  clarity prior to making participation 

My instincts tell me (of course I could be wrong) I posed a question 
that's lingering on the minds of others.


> Regards,
> Dave
> P.S.  I like your idea regarding the use of Web IDs to identify 
> authors and will keep that in mind.  Thanks.  That would dovetail 
> neatly with RDF descriptions of the books' contents.



Kingsley Idehen	
President&  CEO
OpenLink Software
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