Here’s a blogpost by Paul Courant, Dean of U-M Libraries, about last week’s House hearing on H.R. 6845: “The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act”. Good stuff.
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: http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/index.php?p=1212
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 oercommons.org 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 oercommons.org.
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: 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.