[okfn-discuss] NESTA/Creative Commons: Open innovation + IP event in London, 15th May 2009

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Fri Apr 24 11:47:09 UTC 2009

Cameron Neylon forwarded details of this!


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Also of potential interest a workshop being run by NESTA next month on Open
Innovation on 15 May in London:


"Please join us on Friday 15th May as NESTA, The Wellcome Trust and
the Creative Commons jointly host a conference on open innovation and
intellectual property.  The conference will explore whether and how Commons
tools can unlock innovation by making it easier for artists, scientists,
researchers and businesses to share, collaborate and build on the work of

Much innovation today is hampered by a lack of access to existing data,
content and facilities. In sectors such as biotechnology and
pharmaceuticals, a lack of openness leads to duplication of existing
research activities and significant effort down blind allies. In the
creative industries, the absence of simple, standardised licensing
arrangements which establish usage rights is arguably holding back
innovative online business models. Yet it is sectors such as biotechnology
and the creative industries which are otherwise best placed to lead the UK
out of recession.

James Boyle and John Wilbanks will give respective keynote speeches on the
Creative Commons and Science Commons as we explore the impact of the Commons
to date, and debate its strengths and weaknesses as a model for supporting

This will be followed by two parallel sessions ŒCommons models and IP in
healthcare¹ and ŒCommons models in the creative industries¹ providing you
with an opportunity to explore the implications for the science/healthcare
sectors and creative industries, including contributions from: John
Wilbanks, Science Commons, James Boyle, Creative Commons; Iain Wilcocks,
Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property; Sir John Sulston,
Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation; Tony Wood, Pfizer and Richard

Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation

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