Every institution wants their materials to be used. Well how about their metadata? Open data allows cross linking and aggregation of metadata across repositories for the creation of powerful research tools. What better way to promote collections, digital assets and other institutional resources than allowing information about these materials to be collected with those held by other institutions on similar subjects? What can we do with open data? What should we do? What can’t we do? Check out http://www.historypin.com/ for an example of open data in action. Want more information before discussion? Check out http://lod-lam.net/ before we meet.
Note that I consider this topic pertinant to the proposed Session idea: What would a Delaware Valley Digital Humanities Center look like?