Archive for the “Information Commons” Category
Information Commons, Copyright, Censorship and/or withdrawal of public information, Libraries: Digital and other
Dec 08 2006
Dec 06 2006
The best part is that I get to invite everyone to a reception at the end of the talk. You have to come to the talk to learn the location of the reception.
Dec 05 2006
J-school colleague Jock Lauterer alerts us to the new Carrboro online/offline news — the Carrboro Commons. The Commons is a lab production, completely with cracking electronics and bubbling liquids I suppose, of Jock’s Community Journalism classes.
He writes: “A 12-page tab print version will be out later this week. Then next month, the Web-based Carrboro Commons will be released every other week throughout the semester. Once we have the user registration system set up, folks will be able to sign in and comment about individual stories.”
Dec 05 2006
Fred and ClaimID have been big in promoting OpenID. Now there is a Slashdot article and discussion open with over 175 comments when I last checked.
Dec 04 2006
One, of the many, take-aways: Encourage users with intermediate skills to be answerers of inquiries; not just expertly skilled users. How to do this? Kathy outlines strategies in her article and her commenters expand on those from Kathy. Much on motorcycle support vs tech support ;->
Dec 02 2006
John Price Wilkin of the University of Michigan Libraries talks about digitizing libraries from the Michigan view point including the beginnings of JSTOR (1994 and beyond), the Making of American grant (with Cornell) as the start of the Digital Library Federation, the Michigan Digitization Project with Google, and the Distributed Proofreaders Project with Project Gutenberg with Jon Udell of InfoWorld in Jon’s podcast.
[Disclosers: ibiblio hosts Project Gutenberg. John P. Wilkin is a member of the Louis Round Wilson Knowledge Trust.]
Dec 01 2006
Nov 30 2006
The semester is winding down, but the speaking and speakers keep coming on. Next week, we have these events to look forward to:
Thursday December 7 at 2 pm
I get to welcome Dr. Weinberger to SILS and to UNC before his Henderson Lecture here on Thursday December 7 at 2 pm. Fred will to the introduction. I’m standing in for our Dean who has a conflict.
The best part is that I get to invite everyone to a reception at the end of the talk. Be there to hear that.
Nov 29 2006
The Christian Science Monitor article on identity, “Do you need a Web publicist?” which opens with cute quotes from JJB and gets into Fred’s original idea for ClaimID, was just picked up and run in USA Today.
Nov 29 2006
[Disclosure : I am faculty advisor to Free Culture - UNC]
Nov 29 2006
All too human, Google Answers has now expired. The Answering service, which approximated a paid reference librarian service, never answered the question “Why should I get my answers here and pay when I can ask Yahoo! Answers for free?”
I’m guest speaking at Jean Walsh’s and Diane Pozefsky’s combined CS 380 class this evening at 5 in 111 Carroll. I’ve put a few links etc on my wiki, we’ll be talking about innovation and intellectual property. They will have read, I hope, Chapters 1 and 8 of Eric von Hippel‘s Democratizing Innovation. I think I need to do a little intro to the four areas of intellectual property in the US – copyright and patent (in the Constitution), trade secret and trademark (in the Code) then move on to how policy can encourage or deter democratization of innovation.
Nov 27 2006
Nov 26 2006
Even out on Ocracoke you can’t get away from IP talk. One morning at the Ocracoke Coffee Company I struck up a conversation with a pleasant guy who was in the process of moving down to the island. Turns out that he’s Peter Vankevich of the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office. We had a great talk as two IP/Copyright geeks.
Peter told me to be sure to take a look at the announcement from LC about DCMA exemptions. I was finally getting around to that (having been mostly net-free on Ocracoke) when I found the EFF’s analysis of the exemptions (here).
Peter had convinced me that he was really a nature photographer specializing in birds. He was being far too modest. He’s a very very serious birder and photographer. Now I know how he could pick out a myrtle warbler so quickly and easily.
Nov 21 2006
Possibly the only time that I’ll be to the left of Eben Moglen is preserved on this video made at the “Owning the future: Ideas and their role in the digital age” conference in India. I’m on your right tho ;->
Can lawyers say yes? Eben says he can since he represents hackers. Much more here in this nicely produced, CC licensed video from Red Hat.
I will be speaking to Computer Science 380 classes on “Digital Rights and Innovation” soon. Andrew Chin spoke on November 14 about his part in the Microsoft anti-trust suit (the browser one) and I’m up on November 28 scheduled for 5:00 pm in
I’ve asked the students to read Chapters 1 and 8 of Eric von Hippel’s Democratizing Innovation. Chapter 1 is an Introduction and a Summary of the book by chapters that will give a great overview. Chapter 8 “Adapting Policy to User Innovation” is the meat of our discussion from a policy and law point of view.
Both chapters and in fact the whole book can be bought or downloaded for free from Eric von Hippel’s site.
I’m also asking folks in the class that have questions and/or issues that they’d like discussed to post them here as comments.
I welcome your suggestions and comments as well.
Nov 13 2006
Tarus Balog of Open NMS was/is on This Week in Tech’s FLOSS show with Google’s (altho not speaking for Google) Chris DiBona and Leo Laporte. It’s a podcast or listen on the web here directly or here for the show page with comments etc.
Nov 11 2006
Nov 09 2006
As I’ve been preparing for my Open Source Licensing talk today, I’ve been struck by how many F/LOSS projects have a .org and a .com side.
For Customer Relationship Management, SugarCRM also operates as a community development site .org and a service and support and packaged product site as a .com.
In Network Management, OpenNMS is a community supported project as a .org and in its commercial mode acts as steward of the project while providing training, professional services and support.