OKAPI Spotlight – February 2008

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


Berkeley Research Impact Initiative
The Research Office and University Library are co-sponsoring this pilot project designed to make the products of Berkeley research more broadly available. BRII funds will subsidize Berkeley faculty members who would like to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication, but who may not have adequate grant or contract funding to cover the associated “access” charges required by many journals.

October 24, 2007 – March 2, 2008, Berkeley Art Museum http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/ripmixburn
The Berkeley Art Museum invited guest artists to remix two digital works in the museum’s permanent collection. Currently, both the original and remixed works are on display at the museum. The public is also invited to remix these pieces. All artworks are also available online for downloading and remixing.

Panel Discussion: Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D)
1-3PM, February 15, 2008, Stephens Hall http://www.ias.berkeley.edu/southasia/conference/conference08schedule.html
“At the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), 174 countries adopted the Tunis Commitment to bridge the digital divide and to promote ICTs as instruments of sustainable development. ICTs are now being used to assist in social development and poverty alleviation in several developing countries, through ‘ICT for development’ (ICT4D) projects. The hope is that these technologies can be used to support health, e-governance, and agricultural applications for rural populations and simultaneously create new business opportunities. Many case studies have highlighted the potential of ICT4D in the education, small business and health sectors. This panel will critically examine the social impacts of ICT4D, focusing both on social critique as well as on opportunities to extend the promise of these technologies.”


Flickr Commons: The Library of Congress Pilot Project
Currently a pilot project, the Library of Congress placed 3,000 images on Flickr for people to view, download and share, as well as help to make the collection ‘even richer’ by contributing tags, notes, and comments. Since the Library of Congress is not the intellectual property owner of the photos, they are working closely with Flickr to create a “no known copyright restrictions” statement.

World Digital Library
The World Digital Library intends to digitize and share important cultural materials from around the world (ie manuscripts, books, maps, musical scores, films, etc) on the Internet, free of charge, and translated into many languages. The purpose of this project is “to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and to contribute to scholarly research.”

Part of Creative Commons, ccLearn, which was created in 2007, is focused on “minimiz[ing] barriers to sharing and reuse of educational materials — legal barriers, technical barriers, and social barriers.” ccLearn sees the Internet as an important space in which open educational resources can be created, shared, and reused by people all over the world.


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