One of my new endeavors in 2015 was the UW Open Meetup, the brainchild of myself and colleagues Carrie Nelson and Jim Jonas. With half a year under our belt, I thought I’d provide a quick update on how things are going.
The story of our origin is that we’re a bit of a rogue group. We just made a meeting about open access, data, and education a thing. We found each other, cooked it up, and threw ourselves into it. We notified the people that needed to be notified but this was another one of those things that was all us. We’re all librarians, though at the time we started meeting we were all in different libraries with no real overlap – no shared committees or projects. We started talking about our passion for openness and the myriad issues it intersects with and we had this moment where we wondered aloud where everyone else was. Surely others cared too. Then we realized that maybe our first step should be to make a place to breed those connections and collaborations and insight and new directions. We got to work.