First round of iSummit ’08 keynote videos released

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(CC:BY-NC-SA BY: TAMAMI-sikerpe art)
By Daniela Faris, iCommons
“The iSummit ’08 team in Johannesburg is proud to announce the release of the official keynote addresses from the event in Sapporo. In the first batch of releases we have uploaded the presentations by Jamie King, David Bollier, Rebecca MacKinnon and Rishab Ghosh to a variety of online video sharing sites.
In Jamie King‘s presentation, “No License for these Territories”, he discusses the innovative distribution model of Steal this Film, and his views on open business models for film. He also discusses the League of Noble Peers’ voluntary donation network, which is being developed as a way to make it easier for artists to receive donations online. Watch this video here.
David Bollier‘s keynote address, “Social Movements on the Commons” explores the momentum that the Free Culture movement has achieved in the realms of digital citizenship, and how it has developed into an economic and political force in its own right. He challenges the movement to start looking outside of the information and culture space to start collaborating with other commons that are being hampered by market enclosures, in fields such as the human genome project, biodiversity, civic spaces and many more. Watch this video here.
In “Free Culture and Free Speech: Why strong and vibrant free culture communities are important for freedom of expression”, Rebecca MacKinnon discusses the challenges that Internet activists face in countries such as China, and the role that the free culture community can have in amplifying their voices and in assisting in making the Internet a truly democratic and free platform. Watch this video here.
In his presentation titled “Collaborative Creativity and The Test of Time”, Rishab Ghosh asks why, in a world driven by “rational self-interest”, people participate in collaborative endeavours such as open source software development and Wikipedia projects. He answers this question through his “cooking pot model” – watch this video here to find out what proportion of potatoes and fish make a tasty digital stew.
The next line-up of videos to be released include keynote addresses by Adam Haupt and Jessica Powell. Best subscribe to the RSS feed from our video site for the latest release or watch your inbox as we’ll be announcing the releases on this mailing list too.
Please note that if you were at the iSummit ’08 in Sapporo and took film footage of any events or happenings, please share this footage on our summit video site at:
Also if you’d like to see the slideshows from all the keynote presentations, take a look at the iSummit ’08 event space on Slideshare, and once again, if you attended the event and presented in one of the labs, please share your presentations here too for those who couldn’t make it to the event.”

Symposium Calls For End Of Binary Discussion Of Rightsholders Versus Pirates

Here’s a great article by Monika Ermert, for Intellectual Property Watch.

LINZ, AUSTRIA – Copyright discussion has become a simplistic binary debate of “pirates that steal everything” versus “rightsholders that want to protect everything,” warned Japanese entrepreneur, blogger and CEO of the Creative Commons Joichi Ito in his opening remarks for this year’s Ars Electronica Symposium in Linz, Austria.

Ito was curator of the symposium on the “New Cultural Economy” that sought to get beyond the simplistic dichotomy and explore ideas and status of alternative content production and social action using digital networks.

A lot of things the media artists and activists gathered at the Ars Electronica were doing, for example remixing existing content to create new works, were nearly impossible at the moment “without breaking the law,” Ito said. It is therefore essential to explore “how industry, society and government can be adapted” to the new modes of cultural production in the digital world.

One aspect of this new production was the participatory aspect, said Ito. “Karaoke is not as good as professional music. Yet people rather want to participate than sit through a concert,” he said. ”

Access the remainder of the article here:

Recalculating the Cost of Educational Materials with OERs

Distressed by the high price of textbooks at the start of this school year?  Despise the seemingly endless lines at the campus bookstore?  Can’t figure out what real difference there is between the 5th and 6th edition?  Well, imagine if Open Educational Resources could put an end to these anxieties by providing you with viable alternatives. They are, according to David Bollier.

In his blog post this week, David argues that the Open Educational Resources movement is a significant and growing force that is “challenging unresponsive markets, improving the quality of educational materials and making learning more affordable for everyone.” The Open.Michigan initiative is the University of Michigan’s way of responding to this demand and a way for the University to showcase high-quality options for students and educators alike.

While the chance that you’ll find a textbook to replace the one assigned for your Chemistry 101 course are (at the moment) slim, it is encouraging to know that OERs are certainly gaining ground – especially as more an more authors, publishers, and libraries begin to publish and make accessible materials that encourage use and distribution.  You can certainly encourage your faculty members to make textbooks affordable or turn to a few homegrown examples of projects that are making this happen, including DigitalCultureBooks, MBooks, and the Controls Engineering Wikibook project. For a more comprehensive look at what OERs are available worldwide, perform a search on

And, if you’re interested in helping create OER materials that can become a part of the worldwide OER movement, read more about the dScribe model of OER publishing and contact the U-M OER team with questions about how to get started.

Open Education 2008

Open Education: community, culture and content, by Shuttleworth Foundation (CC: BY-NC-SA)

Open Education: community, culture and content, by Shuttleworth Foundation (CC: BY-NC-SA)

Later this month, we’ll be traveling out to the campus of Utah State University in beautiful Logan, Utah to attend the Open Education 2008 conference.  The conference brings together a wide variety of domestic and international participants who present on various projects and initiatives at their respective institutions.  This year, we will talk about the dScribe process – primarily what we have learned in conducting our pilot at the University of Michigan Medical School this summer.  To read more about other presentations, check out the final OpenEd 08 program.