Giorgos Cheliotis will present a talk at the University of Michigan, School of Information entitled “Mapping the Global Commons: a Quantitative Perspective on Free Cultural Practice.” Cheliotis, Assistant Professor of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore, will discuss findings from the CC-Monitor project, which he initiated and leads in collaboration with the Creative Commons. His efforts focus on global Creative Commons adoption and explore questions such as where and how are people using Creative Commons licenses, how much content is licensed, and what happens to content that is made available for remixing. Determining what kind of cultural flows emerge from ad-hoc, large-scale remixing activity and how do these vary under different incentives for production are questions that Cheliotis will address and present through data analysis, visualizations, and individual, qualitative perspectives. Cheliotis, who is also a visiting researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, will also analyze content production patterns in the ccMixter online community using visualizations of large-scale remixing activity.
The talk takes place on Tuesday, 21 July 2009 from noon-1:00pm on the University of Michigan, North Campus (Atkins Room, School of Information North, 1075 Beal Ave.).