A Declaration to Improve Knowledge Creation in the Digital Age
LIBER (the Association of European Research Libraries) brought global experts together to draft a collective statement on access to facts and ideas in the digital age. This is how the Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age was released. In a nutshell, the Declaration calls for rehabilitating the essential human right of free flow of information and ideas in the digital age:
Researchers, SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) and big technological companies have been content mining for at least 10 years, but the potential for extracting significant benefits from this work has been limited due to ongoing legal uncertainties and restrictions. However, in this age of opportunity, it is important that all members of society can benefit equally from advances in the availability of digital technology and content. This requires the creation of new principles around access to facts, data and ideas.
Open MENA is a signatory of the Hague Declaration as the principles it defends are universal — just as is the free flow of information and ideas. The infographic below outlines the principles the Declaration promotes. Although it uses the ‘big data’ lexicon, the Declaration actually talks about opening up the access to and reuse of data in general:rayna