Economics of Open Content: Cooperation Across Institutions and Industries

TUE, JAN 24, 2006 (1:04:44)

Creative Commons Board member Eric Saltzman and Fujitsu Labs strategist Dave Marvit explain the new legal and business frameworks that commercial and noncommercial enterprises both must take into account as they future-proof their assets. The meeting closes with musings on new forms of cooperation across institutions, industries, and sectors from Peter B. Kaufman of Intelligent Television, Paul Courant of the University of Michigan, David Dawson of MLA in the UK, and Jeff Ubois of Archival.TV.

Business Interests in Open Content
Eric Saltzman, Creative Commons
Dave Marvit, Fujitsu

Next Steps: Cooperation Across Institutions and Industries
Peter B. Kaufman, Intelligent Television
Paul Courant, University of Michigan
David Dawson, Museums, Libraries, and Archives Council, UK
Jeff Ubois, Archival.TV

On January 23-24, 2006, Intelligent Television hosts the Economics of Open Content symposium at MIT to bring together representatives from media industries, cultural and educational institutions, and legal and business minds to discuss how to make open content happen better and faster.

With the support of the Hewlett Foundation and MIT Open Courseware, Intelligent Television brings representatives of commercial media industries (publishing, film, music, television, video, software, education/courseware, gaming) together with representatives of cultural and educational institutions who are innovative in this area and legal and business minds in the academy who are studying how to make this happen faster and better. New Yorker economics columnist and bestselling author (The Wisdom of Crowds) James Surowiecki keynotes at the Cambridge meeting, with a presentation entitled 'Openness as an Ethos.'

Intelligent Television has been conducting a year-long investigation into the economics of open content. This project is a systematic study of why and how it makes sense for commercial companies and noncommercial institutions active in culture, education, and media to make certain materials widely available for free, and also how free services are finding new (sometimes commercial) ways of becoming sustainable. The project builds upon written work that Intelligent Television recently completed with the support of the Mellon Foundation and Ithaka on Marketing Culture in the Digital Age, and also upon work now being completed as part of the Mellon Foundation-supported Commission on Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The project also informs new economic models that Intelligent Television is establishing for its documentary work.

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+ BIO: Eric Saltzman

Eric F. Saltzman previously served as a Berkman Fellow and the second Executive Director of the Berkman Center. A 1972 graduate of Harvard Law School, he began his career as a criminal defense attorney in Seattle's public defender office. He later took up filmmaking, and founded the Harvard Law School Evidence Film Project to re-create and film trials as teaching tools. He went on to produce and direct films on the law for ABC, CBS, PBS and the BBC, winning the Emmy and the ABA Silver Gavel awards, among others.

During Eric's tenure, the Berkman Center extended its reach in the international community, taking on the role of advisor to policy-making bodies engaged in digital divide issues. It also established several new working collaborations with other major Internet research and policy organizations.

+ BIO: Dave Marvit

Dave Marvit, co-chair of the OASIS LegalXML eContracts Technical Committee, spends most of his time developing new technologies for Fujitsu Laboratories of America. These developments range across a variety of fields including automated negotiation systems, interface design for hand-held devices, and business applications of statistical natural language processing.

Marvit has gone from studying neuroscience at Caltech and Stanford to helping in an Oscar winning cutting room on Disney's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," to being selected by Time Magazine as one of the dozen most influential people in the digital world in 2001.

In addition to producing an award-winning series of documentaries for WGBH-TV's "Nova" science team, an award-winning educational CD-ROM for Knowledge Adventure, and executive producing a virtual world for hospital-bound children with Steven Spielberg, Dave has served on the faculty at Caltech and founded two startup companies.

+ BIO: Peter B. Kaufman

Peter B. Kaufman is president and CEO of Intelligent Television. He executive produces all Intelligent Television media and directs the company's research and consulting work. He is also an expert consultant on access issues for the Library of Congress Division of Motion Pictures, Broadcast, and Recorded Sound and in 2008 was appointed co-chair of the new Film and Sound Think Tank of the U.K.s Joint Information Systems Committee.

He is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York and a member of the Editorial Board of the World Policy Journal. He has served as director of the Open Education Video Project, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Associate Director of the Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning; a member of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and a member of the Social Science Research Council Digital Cultural Institutions Project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Educated at Cornell University and Columbia University's W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, he has written for Publisher's Weekly, Scholarly Publishing, Slavic Review, Russian History, The New York Times, The Nation, First Monday, D-Lib, and the Times Literary Supplement and International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia.

+ BIO: Paul Courant

Paul N. Courant is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan. He is also Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Economics, Professor of Information, and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University. He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (which is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). Courant has authored half a dozen books, and over 70 papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, state and local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, he is studying the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the changes in the system of scholarly communication that derive from new information technologies. Paul Courant holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1974).

+ BIO: David Dawson

David Dawson is the senior ICT Adviser within the Libraries and Information Society Team (LIST) of the UK Museums, Libraries, and Archives Council. He studied archaeology at Durham University. He completed the Museum Studies Course at Leicester in 1985, later becoming an Associate of the Museums Association in 1988.

+ BIO: Jeff Ubois

Jeff Ubois is currently exploring new approaches to personal archiving for Fujitsu Labs of America in Sunnyvale, California, and to video archiving for Intelligent Television and Thirteen/WNET in New York.

Prior to these associations, Jeff was a staff research associate at the School of Information Management and Systems at the University of California, Berkeley, where he investigated barriers to accessing television archives. For the Internet Archive, Jeff has worked on managing orphan works, maintaining archival integrity, and managing the collection and retention of digital library usage data. Jeff has worked as a consultant to the Internet Archive, the Sunlight Foundation, OCLC, Cisco Systems, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

He has been published in First Monday, D-Lib, Release 1.0, Computerworld, Information Week, Messaging News, CFO, and the publications of Ferris Research, a San Francisco-based consultancy specializing in collaboration software.

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