Common Knowledge

Archives for February, 2010

Science Commons T-shirt Contest

The winner in our t-shirt contest. The background to the robot is a 2d barcode that de-references back to creativecommons.org, which I like a lot

Photo outside the Panton Arms pub in Cambridge, UK, licensed to the public under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike by jwyg (Jonathan Gray). Today marked the public announcement of a set of principles on how to treat data, from a legal context, in the sciences. Called the Panton Principles, they were negotiated over the summer between myself,…

Tech4Society, Day 3

I’ll start my final post on the Tech4Society conference by giving thanks to the Ashoka folks for getting me here to be a part of this conference. Most of the time, even in the developing world, I’m surrounded by digital natives, or people who emigrated to the digital nation. It’s an enveloping culture, one that…

Tech4Society, Day 2

Getting ready to head up to Tech4Society’s final day. I’m on a panel called the tipping point, about how to scale social entrepreneurial success beyond a local region or state. My instinct is to say “pack your suitcase and start traveling” but that’s not very helpful. Even if it’s how I have been approaching the…

On the Nature of Ideas

I did an interview recently where the author, clearly having done some homework, called out an old quote of mine arguing that ideas aren’t like widgets or screws, that they’re not industrial objets. I’d said that a long time ago, inspired by John Perry Barlow’s Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace. Here’s the money quote: “Your…

Quick Roundup

I’m going to get re-starting blogging here this week, after a crazy few weeks of work at the day job. In the meantime, here’s a few links to stuff I’m doing, reading, and writing. The team has been busy working on governance and systems for the Sage Commons (the first globally coherent dataset is available…