OKAPI Spotlight- October 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
Human Rights Advocacy, Mobilizing Action in the Visual Age
October 27, 3-5pm, reception to follow
UC Berkeley Faculty Club, Seaborg Room
Following up on last May’s successful conference, the Human Rights Center will be hosting “Human Rights Advocacy, Mobilizing Action in the Visual Age”, a one day even that will “revisit some of the most popular topics to emerge during” the “Soul of the New Machine” conference last May. The conference will foucse on and if the Internet and new media [can] “change the course of events in real time, promote accountability and drive democracy.”

“Take Control of Your Publications with eScholarship”
Catherine Mitchell- Director, CDL Publishing Group
Monday, October 19, 2009: 4:30 – 6.00 p.m at Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Building, Room 101

In honor of Open Access Week, the Director of the California Digital Library (CDL) will presenting eScholarship, “an initiative of the CDL,” which began in 2002. It currently “houses over 30,000 publications with more than 9 million full-text downloads to date.” OKAPI’s Ruth Tringham is the sponsor of this event, which is open to all faculty and students. A number of other events will be happening on campus this week in honor of Open Access Week. The list of events can be viewed here.

Drupal BADcamp
October 17 – 18, 2009
Sutardja Dai Hall at UC Berkeley
Hosted by the Bay Area Drupal Users Group, this free 2-day event will bring together Drupal enthusiasts. Anyone  interested in Drupal is invited to come, regardless of the skill level. “Drupal, an open-source content management system that is powering more and more of the web every year.”

Luscious Complexity: Transcending the Doohickey
Camille Utterback
October 5, 2009: Sutardja Dai Hall, Main Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Recently awarded the MacArthur award, Camille Utterback, a new media, artist, will be discuss how interactive art can engage the public without “without incurring frustration in participants”.

Around the World
Mobile Myths and Reality: A New Series on Deconstructing Mobiles for Development
Featured at MobileActive.org, a blog focused on the use of mobile technology for social impact, this introductory post focuses on how mobile technology is not as perfect as it could be for social change in the developing world. This series will “take a very honest and realistic look at the promises of mobile tech for development and social change, and where these promises are falling short — and of, course, why, and what to do about that.”

Open Access Week
October 19- 23, 2009


October 19 – 23, 2009 is Open Access Week! In the past, the Open Access event only occurred for a day. This “an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public.” Last year, 120 campuses in 27 countries celebrated Open Access Day. Organizers of the even include SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for FreeCulture. This year, in order to ‘enhance and expand the global reach of this popular event,” other organizers will include eIFL.net (Electronic Information for Libraries), OASIS (the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook), and the Open Access Directory (OAD).

The Conscious Un-Conference
Saturday, December 5, 2009: 8:30am – 5:30pm at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C
George Mason University’s New Media Center and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be hosting a free, one -day un-conference. This one day event will focus on “the problems, practicalities, and opportunities of using social media to further the missions of ‘institutions of conscience’—those concerned with violence and atrocities, human rights, and related issues.”

The New York Public Library to Make 500,000 Public-Domain Books Available to the World
The New York Public Library is working with Kirtas Technologies to make 500,000  public domain books available to the public through a Digitize-on-demand program. The public can browse and order different works at Kirtas’ website. “What makes this approach to digitization unique is that NYPL incurs no up-front printing, production or storage costs. It also provides the library with a self-funding, commercial model helping it to sustain its digitization programs in the future. Unlike other free or low-cost digitization programs, the library retains the rights and ownership to their own digitized content.”

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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