OKAPI Spotlight- May 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

I-School’s Master’s 2009 Final Project Showcase
Thursday, May 14, 2009, 4:00pm – 8:00pm at South Hall
The I-School’s class of 2009 will presenting their final project. “Final projects are the culmination of the students’ two years of work in the School of Information’s Master’s program.” The final projects will touch on one of three themes: Organizational Issues; Social Networking and Collaboration; and Communication and Memory.

Around the World

Creative Commons License Application on Facebook
Creative Commons has recently released an application for Facebook. Users will able to select a Creative Commons license for their Facebook profile and content, specifying how both can be used by others.

Higher Education in a  Web 2.0 World
A study on “Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World” was conducted February 2008. Key findings of that study have been published this month by JISC, a group made up of managers, academics, and technology experts in the UK. The study found that “Web 2.0…has had a profound effect on behaviors, particularly those of young people whose medium and metier it is,” however, the higher education environment remains traditional, continuing to remain  “hierarchical, substantially introvert, guarded, careful, precise and measured.” However, present-day students “aren’t demanding different approaches; rather they are making such adaptations as are necessary for the time it takes to gain their qualifications. It is, however, unlikely to be sustainable in the long term. The next generation is unlikely to be so accommodating and some rapprochement will be necessary if higher education is to continue to provide a learning experience that is recognized as stimulating, challenging and relevant.”

Open Access Tracking Project (OATP)
According to the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) was launched at the end of April. This is a social tagging project meant to keep track of new [Open Access] projects. “The idea is to tag new OA developments and recruit others to do the same.  On the many-eyeballs principle, we’ll notice many more new developments together than any of us could notice on our own.  A group feed will broadcast the results of what we notice to everyone who wants to follow along.”

2009 NMC Summer Conference
June 9, 2009 – June 13, 2009 at Monterey, California hosted by California State University, Monterey Bay
This years New Media Conference will be host by Cal State University, Monterey Bay. The conference was last held in Monterey in 2001, when technology and applications for teaching and learning were much different! However, the mission of NMC remains the same, continuing to “explore and promote innovative applications of technology to teaching, learning, and creative expression.”

Print Books Are Target of Pirates on the Web
By Motoko Rich
Developing technologies (e.g Kindle) and web services have now made books susceptible to pirating. “Sites like Scribd and Wattpad, which invite users to upload documents like college theses and self-published novels, have been the target of industry grumbling in recent weeks, as illegal reproductions of popular titles have turned up on them.” Not only are people scanning and web publishing works belonging to others, but the increase production of e-books has made it “easier for hackers to copy files. And the growing popularity of electronic reading devices like the Kindle from Amazon or the Reader from Sony make it easier to read in digital form.” How will the publishing industry respond to this problem? Will they learn from the music and movie industry?


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