[open-literature] Fwd: Reminder: Deadline for Free Culture Research Conference (extended abstracts) is June 7

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Sat May 29 09:27:49 UTC 2010

Anyone want to put something in for Open Shakespeare?


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Dear all,

With apologies for cross-postings, this is to remind you that we have
about 10 days left until the June 7 deadline for the submission of
extended abstracts for the 2010 Free Culture Research Conference
(FCRC), which will take place October 8-9, in Berlin. The event
follows from last year’s one-day workshop at Harvard University:

Online CFP: http://wikis.fu-berlin.de/display/fcrc/Home

Program Committee:

Please find also the CFP below:

Deadline for extended abstracts: June 7, 2010

The 3rd Free Culture Research Conference

Free Culture between Commons and Markets: Approaching the Hybrid Economy?

The Free Culture Research Conference presents a unique opportunity for
scholars whose work contributes to the promotion, study or criticism
of a Free Culture, to engage with a multidisciplinary group of
academic peers and practitioners, identify the most important research
opportunities and challenges, and attempt to chart the future of Free
Culture. This event builds upon the successful workshop held in 2009
at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University,
organized and attended by renowned scholars and research institutions
from the US, Europe and Asia. The first event was held in Sapporo,
Japan, in 2008, in conjunction with the 4th iCommons Summit. This
year's event is larger in ambition and scope, to provide more time for
interaction in joint as well as break-out sessions. It is hosted
jointly by the Free University of Berlin and the Max Planck Institute
for the Study of Societies and will take place at October 8-9, 2010 at
the Free University Campus in Berlin, in collaboration with COMMUNIA,
the European Network on the digital public domain. Funding and support
is also provided by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Given this year's theme and the generous support of the Free
University's School of Business and Economics, we encourage
submissions at the interface of Free Culture and business, although we
welcome submissions from any relevant discipline, will be inclusive
and will maintain the interdisciplinary nature of the event, as in
previous years. Enabled by new Internet technologies and innovative
legal solutions, Free Culture prospers in the form of new business
models and via commons-based peer production, thereby both challenging
and complementing classic market institutions. Alongside business
perspectives, we expect that perspectives from law, IT, the social
sciences and humanities will help us develop a better understanding of
the challenges at hand, for individuals, business, law, the economy,
and society at large. Topics of interest include:

    * Studies on the use and growth of open/free licensing models

    * Critical analyses of the role of Creative Commons or similar models

    * The role of  Free Culture in markets, industry, government, or
the non-profit sector

    * Technical, legal or business solutions towards a hybrid economy

    * Incentives, innovation and community dynamics in open
collaborative peer production

    * Economic models for the sustainability of commons-based production

    * The economic value of the public domain

    * Business models and the public domain

    * Successes and failures of open licensing

    * Analyses of policies, court rulings or industry moves that
influence the future of Free Culture

    * Regional studies of Free Culture with global lessons

    * Best practices from open/free licensing, and the application of
different business and organizational models by specific communities
or individuals

    * Definitions of openness and freedom for different media types,
users and communities

    * Broader economic, sociopolitical, legal or cultural implications
of Free Culture initiatives and peer production practices

* Methodological concerns in the study of Free Culture


On behalf of the organizing committee:

Giorgos Cheliotis

Assistant Professor

Communications and New Media

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation


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