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John Wilbanks talks about Creative Commons, Data, Science and more

John Wilbanks, Science Commons
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My latest podcast is with John Wilbanks, the VP at Creative Commons with responsibility for their Science Commons project.

John has a varied background that includes founding a bio-informatics startup, Harvard’s Berkman Center, the World Wide Web Consortium and the US Congress.

In his current role at Science Commons, he is working to ensure that the outputs of publicly funded science become more available; both for other scientists to use, and for the wider public. The successes of the Open Access movement have led to greater visibility for scientific papers, but the data upon which those papers depend still tends to be difficult to locate.

We discuss initiatives at Science Commons and elsewhere, and consider some of the barriers to a change in approach.

Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are available on their Xiphos blog.

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Paul Miller works at the interface between the worlds of Cloud Computing and the Semantic Web, providing the insights that enable you to exploit the next wave as we approach the World Wide Database.

He blogs at www.cloudofdata.com.