Digital Commons as a Public Good
Round Table - 60 Min
Throughout the history of the Internet, as well as within processes and debates on Internet Governance, libraries have been recognized as key players in promoting access and inclusion within the information society. Libraries were also strongly mentioned within WSIS documents, including the Tunis Agenda, as means for inclusion and public access to the Internet. Specialized libraries, especially digital collections and repositories, can play an important role in the democratization of information, memory preservation, transparency, collaboration and capacity building in a particular area. Digital collections on IG themes are essential in supporting decision-making, efficiency, and improvement of multistakeholder Internet models and processes. They are key sources in the efforts to build a global commons for digital cooperation and innovation of inclusive digital products and services regarding the use and development of the Internet. The Internet governance community needs to continuously work cooperatively on developing policies, standards, and tools in this area. In this sense, we believe the Internet Governance Forum is a leading global arena within which we may deal with such topics, especially taking into account that the IGF has, since 2011, a Dynamic Coalition focused on the role played by libraries (DC on Public Access in Libraries, DC-PAL). One of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee – CGI.br's missions is to produce and disseminate information. All CGI.br publications are made available in open access formats. Printed copies of these publications are also distributed free of charge to libraries, universities, civil society organizations, companies and training courses across the country, and also to some foreign organizations upon request. In order to reach a wider audience and democratize access to these materials, CGI.br team has been working on structuring a collection and a library service that bring together a set of documentation and information dissemination practices. In 2017, we first presented to the IGF community what we were planning and deploying within the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee – CGI.br in terms of documentation, memory and collections in Internet Governance. CGI.br, through NIC.br, has made efforts to develop an Internet governance collection that encompasses both digital and physical resources. The collection draws on an institutional policy that seeks to document, preserve and disseminate CGI.br knowledge products. The project holds a strategic dimension for CGI.br's attributions on sharing information on Internet Governance to all stakeholders and the general public. Specifically, the project aims to serve researchers, students and practitioners. We also hope to achieve cooperative work with libraries and other institutions. We started to appropriately work on a specific Internet governance collection as an umbrella project, in which we streamlined and deployed three pillars: documentation, publications, and a physical collection focused on IG. The main goal was to have a specific IG collection to support, first, the internal intellectual activities, and then, to scale that to be open to the local interested community. Documentation and publications are already common activities and we do put them available for a multitude of purposes and uses. Sorting all the contents and codifying appropriately were the most pressing challenges, those of which we decided to tackle in a way that physical and digital materials are well integrated and linked, so that we can extract the most from the available material. Five years after the beginning of this process, we come back to share results with the IGF community, and present to a broader audience how the project is performing, the news, the remaining gaps, the plans, so that we can also receive some feedback and ideas in an overall discussion with the audience. Based on practical examples from CGI.br's collection project, the open forum will explore possibilities, challenges, and trends in digital collections design in the Internet governance domain, such as digital infrastructure, metadata standards, subject classification, and knowledge organization issues, such as software choices, content and platform integration, best standards to use, as well as categorization challenges we faced within the activities. The project has raised significant reflections related to the challenges of organizing, preserving, and accessing knowledge in the Internet governance domain. This open forum represents a valuable opportunity for us to share our experiences and also receive feedback from the IGF audience. We expect that the session can engage the IGF community committed to developing digital collections, and bring contributions to an in-depth discussion on best practices and cooperative solutions for sharing knowledge in Internet governance.
The session will be separated in three main segments: opening, interventions, and debate with the audience. The first segment will count on a formal opening by the organizer, with a basic framing for the session and some operational guidance. The second segment will consist of individual interventions by speakers (max. 10 min each). The last segment will consist of a debate with the audience. For this final part, questions from the Q&A will be gathered by the online moderator and given to the onsite moderator, who will select and put them to the speakers. Finally, the moderator will direct audience and the speakers to their final considerations or conclusions. It is important to highlight that during the session the onsite moderator will be responsible for organizing the interventions and interacting with the speakers to ensure that the goals of the session will be sought appropriately. The online moderator will be the one taking care of the flow within all the online tools involved with the session, as well as read, select and guarantee that the onsite moderator will be aware of questions and comments received by the remote audience (Zoom Chat and Q&A, Hashtags in social networks like Twitter, among others). Moreover, a proper interaction between online and physical audience will be ensured by the onsite moderator. Other tools, such as polls and similar may be implemented during the session. The team involved with this proposal intends to be present, onsite, in Kyoto, which will facilitate interactions and logistics. The rapporteur will make sure to capture all the highlights and critical information of the session so as to list key takeaways for the short report and consolidate a further final report to be delivered to the IGF Secretariat.
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Hartmut Glaser, NIC.br / CGI.br (Moderator), technical community, GRULAC Jean Carlos Ferreira dos Santos, NIC.br / CGI.br (Speaker), technical community, GRULAC Amanda Franco, NIC.br / CGI.br (Rapporteur), technical community, GRULAC Luiza Affonso Ferreira Mesquita, NIC.br / CGI.br (Remote Moderator), technical community, GRULAC
Jean Carlos Ferreira dos Santos, NIC.br / CGI.br (Speaker), technical community, GRULAC
Hartmut Glaser, NIC.br / CGI.br (Moderator), technical community, GRULAC
Luiza Affonso Ferreira Mesquita, NIC.br / CGI.br (Remote Moderator), technical community, GRULAC
Amanda Franco, NIC.br / CGI.br (Rapporteur), technical community, GRULAC
Targets: SDG 4 (quality education) calls to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. Digital collections on Internet governance also contribute to achieving the quality of education as they provide educational resources to teach essential knowledge and skills to students and enable them to actively participate in the digital society. SDG 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructures) calls to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. Digital collections themselves are also digital infrastructures that support innovation and foster collaboration processes, enabling access to knowledge and information in a more facilitated manner, hence directly interacting with people’s lives in the Digital Era. Building a digital collection is also a process that demands constant innovation in order to keep track of digital transformations, protocols, and, in our case, the dynamics of open source models.