The 5th Communia Workshop took place last month at the London School of Economics. It brought together researchers, policy-makers, stakeholders and representatives from across Europe, the United States and Australia for two days of talks and discussions about reusing public sector content and data.
In the afternoon of the first day, participants co-drafted a simple statement. If you support the statement, we encourage you to sign – regardless of whether or not you attended the workshop:
- Public sector content and data must be made freely and openly available to all without delay for use and re-use.
- Sign the statement: http://bit.ly/6gZWk
- Microblog version: http://identi.ca/notice/3655959
In addition many of the speakers made suggestions for policy recommendations, which are available at:
Documentation, including audio, video and slides, will be published at:
Material published so far includes:
- Tom Watson MP, The government view: progress so far
- James Love, Governments and databases
- Rufus Pollock, Economics of Public Sector Information
- Michael Nicholson, PSI: State control or Public freedom?
- Luis Manuel FerrÃ£o, The need for an European approach
- Brian Fitzgerald, Access to PSI: Policy, Law and Technology
- Mireille van Eechoud, Getting the rights right at the EU level, Does the Public Sector Information Directive Deliver?
- Naomi Korn, In from the cold
- Carol Tullo, Unlocking information, engaging communities
- Ton Zijlstra, Open government data in the Netherlands
- Richard Owens, WIPO and Access to Content: The Development Agenda and the Public Domain
- Ben White, Digitising European Culture: Legal Stasis?
- Tom Moritz, Full Return on Investment: the case for open access to scientific data and information
- Edward Betts, One web page for every book
- Francis Pinter, Open Publishing: Working with the Commercial and Public sectors
- Nadia Arbach, Wikipedia Loves Art
- Mathias Schindler, Bundesarchiv and Wikimedia Commons
- Hilary Roberts, The Imperial War Museum and the Commons on Flickr Armistice Day Project
You can also see:
- A summary of the talks from Melanie Dulong De Rosnay
- Blog post from David Bollier at OnTheCommons
- Blog post from James Love at Knowledge Ecology International
- 5th Communia Workshop Programme (PDF)
- 5th Communia Workshop collection on the Internet Archive
- Photos of the workshop on Flickr:
- from Jonathan Gray
- from J. C. De Martin
- from Ton Zijlstra: set 1 and set 1
Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at jonathangray.org and he tweets at @jwyg.
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