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COMMUNIA 2010 “University and Cyberspace” Conference Kick-off

Politecnico di Torino, photo republished by Wikimedia CommonsAlmost 400 people from all over the world are convening in Torino (Italy) for the COMMUNIA 2010 “University and Cyberspace” Conference, starting tomorrow Monday June 28 at the Politecnico di Torino. This is a one-of-a-kind event featuring three days of academics, policymakers, visionaries, entrepreneurs, architects, and activists addressing some of the most significant issues facing universities in a networked age through keynotes, plenary sessions, high order bits, break out discussions, dinners, and celebrations.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required -- there are still a few seats left for registering (and attending) directly at the main campus of Politecnico di Torino. [27jun10]

COMMUNIA 2010 Conference: Full program ready!

The full agenda for the COMMUNIA 2010 “University and Cyberspace” conference has now been posted! The program features three days of academics, policymakers, visionaries, entrepreneurs, architects, and activists addressing some of the most significant issues facing universities in a networked age through keynotes, plenary sessions, high order bits, break out discussions, dinners, and celebrations.

We look forward to joining the speakers and the hundreds of COMMUNIA members and other registered attendees in conversation next week in Torino. If you have not already registered, there is still time – registration is free and can be done online here. [22jun10]

Video presentation about the "University and Cyberspace" Conference

In the following YouTube video, Urs Gasser (Berkman Center) and Juan Carlos De Martin (Communia) introduce the main topics to be addressed at the upcoming University and Cyberspace Conference. The presentation took place at the recent "Torino International Book Fair". [16jun10]

COMMUNIA 2010 Conference: Announcing Speakers and a Call for Participation

Politecnico di Torino, photo republished by Wikimedia Commons We are pleased to announce an initial lineup of speakers for the upcoming “University and Cyberspace” Conference. This list represents some, but certainly not all, of the experts, academics, entrepreneurs, leaders, administrators, policy makers, and COMMUNIA members that will be involved in the event. More information about the speakers and conference sessions will be made available very soon on this page.

Additionally, as the conference approaches, we are hoping to utilize the knowledge and expertise of COMMUNIA members and others attending, and request that those who might be interested in briefly presenting or discussing a case study or an idea related one of the track themes add their proposals to the conference wiki.

Track leaders will identify salient topics and ask 2-4 individuals with proposals to participate in breakout sessions taking place on day 2 or day 3 of the conference. To add your idea to our list, you can find pages related to each breakout session here. Please be sure to include a short description of your idea or case study, any relevant links or resources, and your contact information.

Please read below to see the initial lineup of speakers in alphabetical order. [12jun10]

Preliminary literature for the "University and Cyberspace" conference

In preparation for the upcoming University and Cyberspace conference (Torino, Italy, 28-30 June 2010), we’ve begun to compile literature about the conference’s three tracks.

We’re aggregating relevant publications like academic papers, blogposts, articles, and books in the conference wiki, and the hashtag #communia2010 can also be used to flag good reads in delicious or Twitter.

Please help expand and inform conference conversations by sharing your favorites -- and happy reading! [09jun10]

Free Culture Research Conference

Free Culture Research Conference Hosted jointly by the Free University of Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, the 3rd edition of the Free Culture Research Conference will take place on October 8-9, 2010 at the Free University Campus in Berlin, in collaboration with COMMUNIA, and with funding also provided by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Under the title "Free Culture between Commons and Markets: Approaching the Hybrid Economy?", this event will be a unique opportunity for scholars whose work contributes to the promotion, study or criticism of a Free Culture, to engage with a multidisciplinary group of academic peers and practitioners, identify the most important research opportunities and challenges, and attempt to chart the future of Free Culture.

The submission deadline of extended abstracts is 7 June 2010. For more information, please visit the Free Culture Research Conference website.[02Jun10]

What is the public role of today's university?

Image from the Communia 2010 University & Cyberspace conference website, under Creative CommonsWhy do we have universities? Are they only there to serve students and conduct research? Or is it that, through this and in addition to this, they also have an important public responsibility and public role? To address such questions an international event is planned at the KU Leuven (Belgium) on 10-11 February 2011: Curating the European University: Exposition and Public Debate. The deadline for submission of outline proposals is 31st May 2010.

On the same issue, the upcoming Communia 2010 Conference on University & Cyberspace will also address the civic role of universities (particularly in its plenary session on 29 June). A programme draft is available here. [26may10]

European Association for Public Domain

The European Association for Public Domain, a newly-launched project, is a non-profit entity whose goals include the following items:

1. To promote and defend the cultural goods and information which shape the Public Domain in all its aspects.

2. To promote and defend the Citizen's interests and rights to access and use the cultural goods and information of Public Domain.

3. To promote and defend the Creators' interests and rights when choosing to create for Public Domain.

4. To promote that Public Domain be put to good use in the private, professional and institutional fields.

5. To promote and stimulate the development of common policies for all the states in the European Union concerning the Public Domain.

6. To promote the digitalisation of cultural goods of public domain and their diffusion through the Internet as the means to ensure the universal principle of equality of opportunities in the access to knowledge.

7. To promote the reconciliation of the individual right of the author and everyone's right to culture and knowledge through the establishment of codes of conduct and the proportionality of the means employed in their protection, setting as limit the respect of civil rights: the right to privacy, the secret of communications and the privacy of data.

More information: [17may10]

COMMUNIA 2010 conference: registration now open

Politecnico di Torino, photo republished by Wikimedia Commons Registration for the COMMUNIA 2010 conference is now open. Under the title University in Cyberspace: Reshaping Knowledge Institutions for the Networked Age, the event is free and open to both COMMUNIA members and the public at large. Space is limited, though, so be sure to register soon, and sign up for our announcement list to be kept updated about further developments and details.

Co-organized by the NEXA Center for Internet & Society at the Politecnico di Torino and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the conference is scheduled for 28-30 June 2010 in Torino, Italy - on the main campus of Politecnico di Torino.

For more details, please visit the conference website. [04may10]

Europeana launches its Public Domain Charter

Europeana logo The Europeana Foundation has published a policy statement, the Public Domain Charter, to highlight the value of public domain content in the knowledge economy. It alerts Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections to the fact that digitisation of Public Domain content does not create new rights in it.

The document highlights the Public Domain as a "shared resource that underpins contemporary societies" and it "provides a historically developed balance to the rights of creators protected by copyright."

This initiative strengthens the recently-launched Public Domain Manifesto goal to protect today’s cultural landscape particularly relevant to education, cultural heritage and scientific research -- thus ensuring that it can continue to function in a meaningful way.

The Public Domain Charter is currently available as a pdf download in English, French, German, Spanish, and Polish. [27apr10]

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