OCLC Research Submits Proposal to SXSW 2013, Seeks Votes for Program Selection

The South by Southwest 2013 (SXSW 2013) Conferences & Festivals take place 8-17 March 2013 in Austin, Texas and are a premiere destination for discovery that offers the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies in order to foster creative and professional growth.

OCLC Research has submitted the following proposal to SXSW 2013:

  • Actualizing Infotopia: Wikipedia & Libraries
    Wikipedia is broken. Still, you can’t deny that it is your first port of call when satisfying your curiosities. But you can BE denied when clicking on a Wikipedia citation in search of more information. Pay walls and copyright force you into the welcoming arms of commercial interests. Doesn’t this strike you as perverse? Libraries were established to provide communities a way of gaining free access to information, but today they are digitally disconnected from readers. We can make information both globally accessible and convenient by bridging information islands like Wikipedia and libraries. We are infusing millions of Wikipedia articles with data which will seamlessly link information seekers to truly free knowledge. This dream is made possible by the latest Wikimedia Foundation initiative, Wikidata, and library linked data technologies. As bleeding edge adopters we can teach you how to catch the latest wave of the “open access” enlightenment.

The SXWS proposal selection process is competitive and includes online community voting on the SXSW Panel Picker. Anyone can vote by creating an account with a name and e-mail address.

We invite you to watch the video overview of our proposal and vote for it here by 31 August 2012 to secure its place on the final SXSW 2012 Interactive program. Contact Merrilee Proffitt with comments or questions.

Another team from OCLC has submitted a proposal that we hope you’ll consider voting for, as well:

  • How Libraries will Save the World + Your Business
    What can libraries add to your business—and your bottom line? Plenty. Hear how 3 diverse companies—a tech giant, an online start-up and the web’s largest social reading site—all found new value by adding libraries to their apps. Learn how your site or mobile app can benefit from the social good of supporting these vital but under-resourced institutions that have defined American cultural life for more than 200 years. Ben Franklin started the first public library, but will Google and Wikipedia close them down? Join Microsoft, EasyBib and Goodreads—along with OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative—to hear how they are re-imaging libraries (and access to online library content) through syndication and new platforms. They’re gaining dedicated users, and helping libraries become very social in the process.

Watch the video overview of this proposal and vote for it here by 31 August 2012 to secure its place on the final SXSW 2012 Interactive program. Contact Cindy Cunningham with comments or questions.



More Information

Vote for the OCLC Research proposal, Actualizing Infotopia: Wikipedia & Libraries

Vote for the OCLC proposal, How Libraries will Save the World + Your Business http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/1511

Learn more about SXSW 2013

Learn more about the SXSW Panel Picker

For more information:

Merrilee Proffitt
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research