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(blows off the dust since the last entry) (Life trumped blogging; my first child was born in March) Just before I went into the parent tunnel, which is awesome by the by, I attended a seminar conducted by Niels Windfeld Lund, General Manager of the World Opera. Not my usual event. But music’s always been…

Documents and Data…

Last month I was on Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour. Besides being a lot of fun (despite my technical problems, which were part of my recent move to GNU/Linux and away from Mac!), I also discovered that at least one person I went to high school with is a fan of Dr. Kiki, because he told…

I am cribbing significant amounts of this post from a Creative Commons blogpost about tagging the public domain. Attribution is to Diane Peters for the stuff I’ve incorporated The big news is that, 18 months since we launched CC0 1.0, our public domain waiver that allows rights holders to place a work as nearly as…

rdf:about=”Shakespeare”

Dorothea has written a typically good post challenging the role of RDF in the linked data web, and in particular, its necessity as a common data format. I was struck by how many of her analyses were spot on, though my conclusions are different from hers. But she nails it when she says: First, HTML…

Of Pepsi and ScienceBlogs…

I’ve gotten a few emails about the Pepsi-ScienceBlogs tempest. It’s clearly taken a toll on ScienceBlogs’ credibility. Some of my SciBlings have resigned in protest, and others are taking shots on the topic. Sponsorship is part of scientific publishing, even in the peer reviewed world. Remember how Merck published an entire fake journal to promote…

Kaitlin Thaney moves on…

I tend to want to make posts on Creative Commons related topics at the CC blog, but this is essentially a personal post, and I also want to have it as widely read in our community as possible. Today is Kaitlin Thaney‘s last day at CC. She’s been working for us on the Science Commons…

Brains Open Access Initiative

An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research – coming from their brains – in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The problem with this approach…

As part of the series of posts reflecting on the move of Science Commons to Creative Commons HQ, I’m writing today on Open Data. I was inspired to start the series with open data by the remarkable contribution, by GSK, to the public domain of more than 13,000 compounds known to be active against malaria.…

I’ve kept this blog quiet lately – for a wide range of reasons – but a few questions that have come in have prompted me to start up a new series of posts. The main reason for the lack of posts around here is that I’ve been very busy, and for the most part, I’ve…

Open Hardware

Creative Commons was fortunate enough to be involved in a fascinating workshop last week in New York on Open Hardware. Video is at the link, photos below. The background is that I met Ayah Bdeir at the Global Entrepreneurship Week festivities in Beirut, and we started talking about her LittleBits project (which is, crudely, like…