[okfn-coord] OKF/LSE application for COMMUNIA workshop, March 2009

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Mon Aug 18 17:32:09 UTC 2008

Hi all,

A quick ping to see if anyone has any further thoughts about the 
application for the March 2009 COMMUNIA workshop! I'm happy to draft it 
(details below) once we've got an idea. The deadline is Friday 5 
September 2008.

It would be great if we could have this and OKCon 2009 back to back! We 
could include this in section 9 ("potential synergies with other events 
immediately before/after in the same city/region").

To recap what COMMUNIA has organised so far:

  * First COMMUNIA Workshop: Technology and the Public Domain Torino 
(Italy), 18/01/2008
  * Second COMMUNIA Workshop: Ethical Public Domain: Debate of 
Questionable Practices Vilnius (Lithuania), 31/03/2008
  * First COMMUNIA Conference: Public Domain in the Digital Age 
Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium), 30/06-01/07/2008
  * Third COMMUNIA Workshop: Marking the public domain: relinquishment & 
certification), Amsterdam, 20-21 October 2008

Some suggestions for the London workshop:

  * Finding and re-using public domain resources
  * The value of the public domain - Rufus? :-)
  * Beyond licensing
  * Public Sector Information
  * Supporting the public domain
  * The role of the public domain in research and education
  * ...

It would be great to get a few emails bouncing back and forth on this!



1. Title of the Workshop;
2. Abstract of the Workshop: topic to be addressed, how, etc.;
3. Brief explanation of why the topic is relevant and timely for
4. Description of the workshop venue;
5. Expected attendance (e.g., based on previous experiences by the
6. Names and short bios of the members of organizing team; please
    emphasize any previous direct experiences organizing
7. Proposed budget, with a break-down of the main costs;
8. Proposed workshop program: rough organization of the day (i.e.,
    session topics);
9. Any another information that might strengthen the proposal, e.g.,
    how well the city or the venue are connected with the rest of
    Europe, potential synergies with other events immediately
    before/after in the same city/region, etc.

Each organisation may submit only one workshop proposal
for the March 2009 slot.

PLEASE BE AWARE that, according to the DoW, we have committed, for the
second year of COMMUNIA, to attract an audience of at least 65 persons
to the Workshops. This should not be too much of a problem, but still
please do keep it in mind, since we will be evaluated against that

ALSO PLEASE BE AWARE that, always according to the DoW, we have
committed, for the second year of COMMUNIA, to attract 12
contributions (papers, article, presentations) in response to our
Workshop calls. Again, it should not too much of a problem, but still
keep it in mind.

The Workshop must be clearly presented to the public
as a COMMUNIA Workshop.

Each COMMUNIA Workshop may count on an overall budget of
EUR 10.000; payments will be _handled directly by the Coordinator_,
as well as the travel of out-of-town speakers (if any).

The Organizer may seek other funds from governments, scientific
organizations, foundations, and similar non-for-profit entities.

Sponsorships (if any) must be previously approved by the Coordinator.

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