[Irtalk] The Vital Need to Link Discovery and Access | Ithaka S+R

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 14:41:27 SAST 2015

Over the past few weeks, there has been an interesting set of discussions
about whether the Liberian part of the Ebola outbreak this winter was
foretold and therefore could have been stopped earlier. Writing an op-ed in
the New York Times, *several researchers noted that they recently “stumbled
across” an article indicating the reasonable likelihood that Liberia would
be faced with cases of Ebola*, which turned out to have been one of several
studies predicting Liberia being in the zone of likely exposure for the
virus. *Public health officials had not acted on this known likelihood. *

*The question is why. *


*​When open access is the new normal, a large amount of data will need to
be "discovered".*
*​How do libraries help with discovery? Will discovery become another
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