COMMUNIA Workshop: “Technology and the public domain”
Friday 18 January 2008

Organized by and held at Politecnico di Torino this event takes aim at
the international debate about the “digital commons” and the complex
relationship between technological innovation and today’s mass usage
of digital technologies. The Workshop provides an opportunity for
experts and innovators in digital technologies to meet with other
stakeholders, opinion leaders, and policy makers in order to deepen
and share their understanding of the role of technology in shaping the
present and future of our digital commons.

After the opening plenary talk at 9:15 on “Technology, the law and the
public domain” (by Rishab Ghosh, MERIT, University of Maastricht) the
workshop will continue for the entire day with some posters
micro-presentations and three different topic sessions, addressing
technology issues, software tools and formats, and infrastructure
matters — all of them related to the development of the “digital
commons” as a general mainframe, and the science commons in particular.

The list of confirmed speakers includes Rob Davies (ePSIplus Thematic
Network) Francois Déchelle (Creative Commons France), Keith Jeffery
(Current Research Information Systems), Juan Carlos De Martin
(COMMUNIA Coordinator), Robert Horvitz (Open Spectrum Foundation),
Kaitlin Thaney (Science Commons), Ivan Vighetto (Wikimedia Italia),
Philippe Aigrain (Society for Public Information Spaces), Xavier Serra
(Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Andrea Glorioso (NEXA Research Center for
Internet and Society).

A wrap-up session (including questions from the audience) is scheduled
at about 16:50.

The workshop will take place in Torino (Italy), at the Aula Magna of
the Politecnico of Torino at the Lingotto (Via Nizza 230).

Admission is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

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The COMMUNIA Thematic Network aims at becoming a European point of
reference for theoretical analysis and strategic policy discussion of
existing and emerging issues concerning the public domain in the
digital environment – as well as related topics, including, but not
limited to, alternative forms of licensing for creative material;
open access to scientific publications and research results;
management of works whose authors are unknown (i.e. orphan works).

Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus framework,
the 3-years long project expects to provide policy guidelines that
will help each stakeholder involved – public and private, from the
local to the European and global level.

COMMUNIA also plans to build strategic relationships with other
non-European countries (starting with the United States and Brazil,
where two COMMUNIA members are located) in which similar policy
discussions are currently underway.

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