First COMMUNIA Workshop – “Technology and the Public Domain”
COMMUNIA coordinator Juan Carlos De Martin and Rishab Ghosh of MERIT, University of Maastricht gave opening talks. I was on a panel with Kaitlin Thaney of Science Commons, Nathan Yergler of Creative Commons and Keith Jeffery of euroCRIS. My slides are available at:
Other talks directly related to open knowledge included:
- Xavier Serra (Music Technology Group, Pompeu Fabra University) – on automated metadata production for sound, and the freesound project (content is currently licensed under CC Sampling Plus, but there are plans to introduce other licensing options)
- Simone Brunozzi – on BeeSeek, a peer to peer open-source search engine
- SÃ©verine Dusollier (FUNDP – Centre de recherche informatique et droit) – on setting up a positive legal definition and regime for the public domain
Seeing as though there look to be many areas of common interest between the OKF and the COMMUNIA network, I suggested in my talk and thoughout the day that:
- We should work together to create a set of ‘public domain calculators’ – or algorithms that can help to determine whether or not a given work is out of copyright in a given jurisdiction (such as we’ve been working on with Public Domain Works and the Open Library);
- We should work together to pool open metadata – whether this be bibliographic metadata, or metadata for databases or large collections of knowledge resources (such as are listed in CKAN).
This is a great opportunity to strengthen the community of individuals and organisations with an interest in open knowledge and the public domain across Europe. I look forward to seeing the launch of the Working Groups!