A Draft Letter to the New Librarian of Congress about Freeing Bibliographic Metadata the Library…
Glenn Fleishman

As nobody mentioned it and I am not sure whether you are aware of it: In 2007 a related request was made to the LoC with over 150 signatories to recommend that “more bibliographic data is made available for access, re-use and re-distribution without restriction”. See http://wiki.okfn.org/Future_Of_Bibliographic_Control and http://blog.okfn.org/2007/12/19/response-to-the-future-of-bibliographic-control-draft-from-the-library-of-congress/. As far as I know the LoC has never publicly responded…

(My background: I coordinated the — now inactive — working group on open bibliographic data at the open knowledge foundation. Working together with Karen and many others, we tried to move forward open access and licensing for bibliographic data from scholars, libraries etc. For example, we published the “Principles on Open Bibliographic Data”, currently only accessible via the Wayback Machine, see http://web.archive.org/web/20160426071002/http://openbiblio.net/principles/. (I hope the principles will soon be available via openbiblio.net again.))

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