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Archives for January, 2009

Reddit and Science Commons

Science Commons got picked up on reddit this week. It was surreal – we hit the top of the charts for about 24 hours, got way more web traffic than usual, and the SC/Dylan video got almost 4000 views. Wacky. And now our logo’s embedded on the reddit logo on the home page. This is…

In the first post, I talked about how factual data aren’t creative works, and how compiling them into collections doesn’t make them creative – at least in the US. This aspect of data rips away the core “incentive” provided by copyright law to creators: the right to sue people who make copies. It also has…

I got drawn into a debate about copyrights and factual data this week that felt like it merited its own blog post. It was kind of surreal new media debating – I was going back and forth with a smart guy from the UC Berkeley school of information on a friend’s Facebook wall for most…

Podcast with Educause

Gerry Bayne of Educause interviewed me in December as part of the Coalition for Networked Information annual meeting. It’s available in excerpts as part of the Educause Now monthly podcast and in full as a standalone cast. It’s always a little hard to explain this stuff, but Gerry’s done a good job (in my admittedly…

I’ve been working on some text for a series of papers lately. I’m writing the core of a book proposal and working through the ideas around the knowledge web and the knowledge economy, and thought I’d post some interim thoughts here. Knowledge is a funny thing. Philosophers have spent eons debating it. I’m not going…