OKAPI Spotlight- July 2008

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.


Bringing ‘tools of the west’ to sub-Saharan healthcare
Melissa Ho, an iSchool Ph. D. student, was recently given the “Foundations of Change” Thomas I. Yamashita Award. Ho’s work focuses on “simple…computer-networking tools to provide sustainable services to marginalized communities in the developing world.” In 2004 and 2005, Ho was in India and part of a group from UC Berkeley’s Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER). The group “help[ed] set up a wireless network connecting village eye clinics with Aravind Eye Hospitals, an Indian organization whose goal is to eliminate preventable blindness.” According to the article, she has “since since traveled extensively in Ghana, Congo, and Uganda implementing IT projects in the healthcare arena.”

Solar Taxi to visit CITRIS at Berkeley
July 14, 2008
10:30am – 11:30am
290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, UC Berkeley
http://www.citris-uc.org/solartaxi, http://www.solartaxi.com/mission/
Louis Palmer, a Swiss adventurer, is currently driving around the world in a solar-powered car.  Carbon emissions are not involved. “The solar-electric two-seat taxi with attached trailer is an attempt to call attention to global warming while providing solutions for oil independency.” The act of driving around the world in an emissions-free car will hopefully make the global community realize that “[g]lobal warming can be stopped. Solutions are available.”


Happy 20th Birthday, Modern Internet!
20 years ago, Hans-Werner Braun, a network engineer, sent the following email to users of the National Science Foundation’s fledgling NSFNet project: “The NSFNet Backbone has reached a state where we would like to more officially let operational traffic on.” These words marked the ‘birth’ of the modern Internet. In the 1980s, the NSFNet Project was a “network connecting regional computer networks around the country,” intended to eventually be open to everybody. The project was made up of those from MCI, IBM, and a computer-networking-technology consortium of Michigan universities called Merit Networks, whose goal was to make the network faster for invited academic, government, and commercial users. In 1988, the network was upgraded and Braun’s email was sent out. Although NSFNet was decommissioned in 1995, “without its demonstration of open access at high speeds, the modern Internet would not have lured millions of users.”

Vision 2020: Digital Ubiquity & University Transformation
2008 Higher Education Leadership Summit
Hosted by The University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP in conjunction with Apple
August 6-8, 2008
Hosted by University of Cincinnati and Apple, this conference will focus on incorporating digital tools and technologies into a higher education setting. Termed “Digital Ubiquity,” the “digital age” can no longer be ignored, thus “challenging the status quo of the university mission. Conventional methods for generating and disseminating knowledge in the digital age are fast becoming ineffective as the tsunami of electronically equipped students enter the university.” This conference will serve as a space in which institutional leaders and faculty members can discuss how digital technologies have and can be incorporated on campuses.

Stanford’s Education School Requires Open Access
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Stanford University’s School of Education will soon “require faculty members to allow the university to place their published articles in a free online database.” Faculty members voted on June 10th to allow open-access publishing of their articles. Last February, Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Law School required open access publishing of articles.


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