Dangerous Ideas Seminar
Speaker: Hal Abelson and John Wilbanks , MIT CSAIL & Science CommonsContact:
Date: May 19 2005
Time: 1:00PM to 2:00AM
Location: D449 Kiva
Host: Tevfik Metin Sezgin, MIT CSAIL
Tevfik Metin Sezgin, 617-253-2663, email@example.comRelevant URL: http://projects.csail.mit.edu/dangerous-ideas/dangerous/www/
Universities, the Information Commons, and your next publication
Universities have a mission to create, preserve, and disseminate knowledge. In addressing that mission, universities should take care to preserve and strengthen the information commons, that shared wellspring of ideas and innovation from which all may freely draw.
Today, the information commons and the university community that rely upon it are confronting stresses from within and from outside the university, stresses such as squabbles over who owns academic work, increasingly stringent technologies and laws that restrict the dissemination of knowledge, and economic forces that threaten to subject the academic record to private monopoly control.
While most of us might support the information commons in principle, we too often in practice behave as willing complicitors in undermining the commons, through the traditional methods of academic publishing.
This talk will describe how we can support the alternative of open access to scholarly information -- how we can do this as scholars and researchers, as members of the MIT community, and as information technologists at CSAIL.
The talk will also describe the Creative Commons initiative to create legal and technical tools that support balance and moderation in the control of digital information, and we announce the launch of Creative Commons' Science Commons project, which promotes effective access to scientific data, materials, and publications.
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