Master's Paper

Back in Town

So this morning at 6am, I threw Bets on a plane to San Diego. Come back to town, run around like crazy for a day, then throw my wife on a plane.

Sounds like just the time to start thinking about school again. 🙂

So in that vein, I’ve decided to start trying to work out aspects of my Master’s Paper on this blog.

My first idea: to try to tie the economics of Open Information (Creative Commons and such) to Communications Theory and the idea that when you increase the node count (or the number of open information sources) the overall usability of the system increases. It may even be possible to use that theory to determine the “magic number” of sources that will be the critical mass for Open Information to be as useful as traditional copyright. All very theoretical, all very nebulous, and all very much like the stuff I did for years in Philosophy. But interesting (at least to me).

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

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