Archive for April 8th, 2005

Just back from a great dissertation defense. “An Analysis of the Creative Commons as a Solution for Copyright Protection in the Digital Era” by Minjeong Kim.
First, Dr. Kim does a fine job of outlining the history of copyright in the USA and in the UK showing the various tensions between the private property view and the public policy view of copyright.
Next she did a great survey with good responses from her carefully selected pool of CC license users.
There are some very interesting surprises in her results, but I need to let her have a chance to decide where and when she might publish her work or even the findings before I let them loose on the world. If you are interested in who uses CC licenses and what they expect from them, you’ll want to read this dissertation. (and I hope the book that follows).

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The musical based on our friend Elizabeth Spencer’s novella, The Light in the Piazza, is coming to Broadway. Sally and her mother will be there at the preview next weekend.
As the show has traveled from Seattle to Chicago to New York, there’ve been a lot of stories about it. The most recent is a piece on All Things Considered last night. NPR includes some pictures and some songs from the show on the archive pages.
The novella was made into a movie in 1962.

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A couple of years back, I was named Best Geek in the Triangle by the Independent Weekly. Not Bermuda Triangle, but Research Triangle, NC.
This year, the Indy has extended the definition of Geek to include scholars, a Jazz DJ, and a contributor to Wikipedia. Eight in all. Many folks who I know and admire and several who I’m glad to learn about. Imagine being a specialist in hog waste! That’s one skill that is easily transferable to other fields I’m sure.
So Larry Thomas (the coolest Jazz dj), Seth Ilys (Wikipedia contributor), Jim Johnson (Urban Investments Strategist and economic geographer), Sarah Shields (historian of the Middle East), Mike Williams (scholar of Hog Waste), Rich Superfine (physicist and great teacher), JoAnn Burkholder (Pfiesteria specialist), and Henry Petroski (poet and historian of engineering and design) welcome to Geekdom!

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