OKAPI Spotlight- September 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
Campus Celebrates Constitution Day
September 17, 2009
Online Archive: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/constitutionday/welcome.html .
“Technology, Democracy, and the Law”
September 17, 2:00 – 4:30 pm, Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/1952.htm .
In honor of  Constitution Day, the campus will be hosting a series of lectures and forums on campus. One of the forums will be “Technology, Democracy, and the Law,” which will feature  Professor Steven Usselman of the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “Commentators will include Professor Robert P. Merges, Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, UC Berkeley, and Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. ” The UC has also created an open archive for the public and campus community to explore. The archive is comprised of important documents, as well as providing other information, relating to the US Constitution.

Art Technology, and Culture Lecture Series
Beginning September 14; Mondays 730-900 at 160 Kroeber Hall.
The UC Berkeley Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series, returns this year, beginning with Mark Hosler on September 14. Mark Hosler “is a founding member of the group Negativland, which since 1980 has created records, video, radio and live performance using appropriated sound, image and text.” Mark Hosler is a huge supporter of reforming copyright laws, “ublishing on these issues for Billboard Magazine, Keyboard Magazine, College Music Journal, NYU Law Commentator and others.” All lectures are free and open to the public, and will at 160 Kroeber Hall.

Information Access Seminar
Fridays 3-5 at 107 South Hall
Open to the public, the Information Access Seminar began again last month and will continue through the school year. “The program is a blend of seminar, colloquium series, and, occasionally, tutorial. The topics are very loosely anchored in the theme of access to network accessible information.”

5 Major Research Universities Endorse Open-Access Journals
By Ben Terris
UC Berkeley, along with Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and MIT, ’signed a compact agreeing to the “timely establishment” of mechanisms for providing financial support for free open-access journals.’

Around the World
Utah State U.’s OpenCourseWare Closes Because of Budget Woes
We are sad to report that  Utah State University’s OpenCourseWare project has ended due to budgetary reasons. The project was funded by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and State money. The project simply ran out of grant money from the Hewlett Foundation and wasn’t able to secure the $120,000 it needed to keep going even though there was much support for the project. ” ‘It’s just a bad timing issue,’ ” said Mr. Marion Jensen, former director, of the project to The Chronicle of Higher Ed.“ ‘The recession hit. People wanted to keep us up, but the economy was just such that we could not find money anywhere.’ ” We express our condolences and would like to thank Mr. Jensen and the OpenCourseWare project for being a leader in the Open Education movement.

Open Access Directory
Launched in April 2008, the Open Access Directory (OAD) “is a wiki where the open access (OAD) community can create and support simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship. OAD provides a lists of various repositories and archives with open data and texts and pertaining to different areas if studies.

UNESCO Digital Library Majaliss opens up classical Arabic literature to public
UNESCO recently launched the Digital Library Majaliss project, which aims to ‘provide free access to hundreds of thousands of pages of classical Arabic literature and to demonstrate, at the same time, the innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for reading, teaching and learning.’ The project is accessible online and on CD-Roms.

Big Ideas Fest 2009
Making Education Relevant: Finding solutions to our toughest challenges in education
December 6th – 9th 2009
Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) will be hosting the Big Ideas Fest  in Decmeber. This 3-day conference will focus on “a movement that supports innovation in education at a time when the need to accelerate high-quality learning is truly essential for our country and our future.”Education stakeholder are invited to “join  us alongside 250 other education innovators to be inspired, share knowledge, and transform “big ideas” into solutions that scale. “


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