OKAPI Spotlight- November 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

The Future of the Forum: Internet Communities and the Public Interest
Saturday, December 5, 2009, 9am-6 pm at Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
The UC Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), with support from craigslist and The Institute for the Future, will be hosting a one day symposium. The symposium will focus on the how social media tools and the Internet are reshaping the public forum. Participants include: Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia; Jim Buckmaster, the CEO of craigslist;  Laura Sydell, National Public Radio; Dick Costolot, COO of Twitter; and other ‘pioneers of Social Media’!

Due Processing: Incarceration and the Digital Divide
West Hays and Alayna Johnson
December 2, 2009: 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor, Sutardja Dai Hall
Winners of the Big Ideas 2009 program, undergraduates West Hays and Alayna Johnson will be presenting their project, which focuses on bringing computer literacy to San Quentin. The project’s goal was to establish an ‘all-access’ computer lab, as well as teach two computer courses: one focused on basic computer literacy, the other focused on advanced computer-aided design (CAD). Launched in 2005, the Big Ideas @ Berkeley Initiative “provide[s] funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students who have “big ideas.”

Improving Access to Education
Gary Lopez, Executive Director, Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
December 9, 2009: 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor, Sutardja Dai Hall
Founded in 2003, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) was established to “to address the lack of high-quality high school and higher education content available on the Internet.” Funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, MITE created the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) and NROC community. Mite also created “HippoCampus, an Open Educational Resource (OER) website for high school and college teachers and students that presents NROC content as a teaching tool, and for homework help and study.”

Around the World

2009 Sparky Awards
Deadline: December 6, 2009
Sponsored by Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), New Media Consortium (NMC), Center for Social Media, and the Open video Alliance, students are invited to submit their entries to the third annual Sparky Awards. Entitled Mind Mashup, students are encouraged “to submit videos of two minutes or less that creatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information. The contest is well suited for adoption as a class assignment as well as an opportunity to promote library services – including media services or information commons, where students can edit video, browse media, work collaboratively, and learn about copyright and balancing features such as fair use”

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.”

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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