Call for Participation - Economies of the Commons 2: Paying the costs of making things free - 12-13 November, Amsterdam

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Commons 2: Paying the costs of making things free - 12-13 November,

Economies of the Commons 2 - Paying the costs of making things free
International conference, seminar and public evening programs

Conference dates: 12-13 November 2010. De Balie, Amsterdam
Pre-conference: November 11. Hilversum (on collaboration with the Open
Video Alliance)

Economies of the Commons 2  is a critical examination of the economics
of on-line public domain and open access resources of  information,
knowledge, and media (the ‘digital commons’).  The past 10 years have
seen the rise of a variety of such open content resources attracting
millions of users, sometimes on a daily basis. The impact of projects
such as Wikipedia, Images of the Future, and Europeana testify to the
vibrancy of the new digital public domain.  No longer left to the
exclusive domains of digital ‘insiders’, open content resources are
rapidly becoming widely used and highly popular.

While protagonists of open content praise its low-cost accessibility
and collaborative structures, critics claim it undermines the
established “gate keeping” functions of authors, the academy, and
professional institutions while lacking a reliable business model of
its own. Economies  of the Commons 2 provides a timely and crucial
analysis of sustainable economic models that can promote and safeguard
the online public domain. We want to find out what the new hybrid
solutions are for archiving, access and reuse of on-line content that
can both create viable markets and serve the public interest in a
competitive global 21st century information economy.

Economies of the Commons 2 consists of an international seminar on
Open Video hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision on
November 11 in Hilversum, a two day international conference and two
public evening programs on November 12 and 13 at De Balie, centre for
culture and politics in Amsterdam. The event builds upon the
successful Economies of the Commons conference organised in April

Confirmed speakers include:

Charlotte Hess (Syracuse University – Keynote), Ben Moskowitz (Open
Video Alliance), Simona Levi (Free Culture Forum), Bas Savenije (KB
National library of the Netherlands), Yann Moulier Boutang
(Multitudes), Peter B. Kaufman (Intelligent Television), Harry
Verwayen (Europeana), James Boyle (Duke University), Jeff Ubois (DTN),
Sandra Fauconnier (NIMK), Dymitri  Kleiner (Telekommunisten), Birte
Christensen-Dalsgaard (Royal Library Denmark), Nathaniel Tkacz
(University of Melbourne), a.o.


Images for the Future Consortium / Netherlands Institute for Sound and
Vision / De Balie / Knowledgeland / Institute of Network Cultures /
University of Amsterdam.

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