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COMMUNIA Newsletter - August 2009

Here below please find some selected news related to latest and upcoming activities and events of COMMUNIA - The European Thematic Network on the Digital Public Domain.[05aug09]

- COMMUNIA Conference 2010: "Universities & the commons/cyberspace" (Torino, 28-30/06/2010)

The third COMMUNIA Conference will be held in Torino on Monday-Wednesday 28-30 June 2010. Co-organized by the Nexa Center (Politecnico di Torino) and Berkman Center (Harvard University), the conference will focus on "Universities & the commons/cyberspace" (final title is yet to be decided, while an abstract will be published shortly).

This early announcement is a note to SAVE THE DATE, but also an invitation to COMMUNIA members, academic institutions and/or other stakeholders involved in the future of universities and the open commons to start planning and getting involved in the event preparation.

More info:

- 6th COMMUNIA Workshop: Memory Institutions and Public Domain (1-2/10/09, Barcelona, Spain)

Under the title "Accessing, Using, Reusing Public Sector Content and Data", the 6th Communia Workshop will take place on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October 2009 at the University of Barcelona, Spain.
While more details will follow soon, including registration form and deadline, a draft programme and other logistics information are already available here.

- 2009 COMMUNIA Network Enlargement

We just completed our second (and final) Member Enlargement, with a very large majority of the 41 current members expressing their voting preferences for the following ten new members (out of 13 applications received). More details will be available soon, as their membership procedures are currently being finalised.

The ten new network members are:

1. Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
2. Ljudmila (NGO), Slovenia
3. Haifa Center for Law & Technology, Israel
4. A Face (Association for Fair Audiovisual Copyright in Europe)
5. National Library of the Czech Republic
6. Iuridicum Remedium o.s (NGO), Czech Republic
7. University of Trento, Italy
8. Ozyegin University, Turkey
9. Digitale Allmend (NGO), Switzerland
10. Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (UK)

- COMMUNIA and the Open Video Conference

The first edition of the "Open Video Conference" (NYU Law School, 19-20 June 2009) provided a variety of discussions on "this medium’s implications on software, politics, journalism, art, education, industry, business, technology, culture, communication, freedom, and democracy".

Two COMMUNIA members from the Netherlands, Institute for Sound and Vision and Kennisland, hosted the session “Audiovisual Archives” that investigated how memory institutions could provide access to their holdings in a way that enables creative reuse.

For more information, here is a detailed report about the two-day event.

- Updated news and other information on a variety issues related to the digital public domain are always available on our Website.

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