Open Discovery and a Vision for Innovations

Towards the end of May 2011, the Wellcome Trust hosted an event to reflect on the work of the Resource Discovery Task Force so far.

This was an opportunity for JISC Involve to invite the participants at the core of the work to present their thoughts, for there to be a launch of the Discovery site, ready for Phase 2 of the project, with the newly drafted Open Metadata Principles prominent to coincide with their launch at this conference. While the day was self-contained, my week as a whole had also given me a useful introduction.

The day before, I attended another event, hosted by Mobile VCE as a workshop on future business models for mobile environments. It became apparent that the stakeholders in the development of these environments had all seen quite quickly that old rules and old models for sustaining innovation and business were just not applicable anymore, and had to be ripped to shreds so that new answers could be found, so that collaborators, colleagues, competitors and ‘enemies’ alike could see where the opportunities lay – to the long-term advantage of everyone.