OKAPI Spotlight- April 2009

Every month, OKAPI Spotlight features Open Knowledge news at UC Berkeley and around the world. To contribute, email Lizzy. To receive more frequent updates, join our email listserv .

On Campus

Open Learning: What Do Open Textbooks Tell Us About the Revolution in Education?
by Gary W. Matkin. CSHE.1.2009 (March 2009)
http://cshe.berkeley.edu/publications/publications.php?id=332
A recent addition to the Center for Higher Education at UC Berkeley, Gary Matkin’s paper focuses on “current development of open textbooks and describes a possible direction for future development and funded support of open textbook projects” as well as the Open Education Movement (OER).

Meet, Greet and Eat with Sun: What the MySQL is this anyway?
http://www.citris-uc.org/events/meet_greet_and_eat_sun_what_mysql_anyway
April 15, 2009: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Duleepa Wijayawardhana, an ‘open-source evangelist’ of Sun Microsystems,  will be introducing and  discussing the importance  mySQL, an open-source database project.

Soul of the New Machine: Human Rights, Technology, and New Media
May 4th and 5th, 2009: 8am- 6pm
Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley
http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaID=176606
Sponsored by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Humanity United, this conference will focus on bringing together human rights researchers and advocates, software developers and programmers, and digital tools and technologies. The conference will also include a competition “for new ideas using mobile applications for human rights
investigations and advocacy.”

Around the world

UNESCO, Library of Congress and partners launch World Digital Library
http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=44958&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
On April 21st UNESCO, the Library of Congress, and 31 other partner institutions will launch the World Digital Library, an online archive that will “feature manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs” from all over the world. This digital library is free of charge and will be translated in 7 languages.

FIRST U.S. PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY MADE PERMANENT
http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/media/Release09-0312.html
On March 18, 2009, President Obama signed the “2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes a provision making the National Institutes’ of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy permanent.” This requires “eligible NIH-funded researchers to deposit electronic copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts into the National Library of Medicine’s online archive, PubMed Central (PMC)” for the public and other researchers to access. This allows researchers to build upon others research, as well as allow the public to understand “health threats they and their families face.”

Now on YouTube: First Movie Ever Made
http://blog.wired.com/business/2009/04/now-on-youtube.html
After collaborating with Flickr to release thousands of photos last year, the Library of Congress launched its YouTube channel this month. The channel “includes 70 historical videos from its vast collection, such as the first-ever movie (a man sneezing), 100-year-old films from the Thomas Edison studio and industrial films from Westinghouse factories.” The Library of Congress will continue to add more content to the web, showing that there is an “effort to bridge the disconnect between the government and new media.” The Library of Congress is not the only one utilizing new media since “more and more government agencies are looking to new media to bring more openness to the public.”

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