Notice of this very interesting conference in October is posted here on
behalf of our colleagues at Emory.
Free Culture & the Digital Library: A Symposium presented by the
MetaScholar Initiative of Emory University Libraries
Gambrell Hall (Emory Law School)
1301 Clifton Road
Friday, October 14, 2005
9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Registration (includes lunch and published proceedings):
$115 Early Registration Fee (Before Oct. 1, 2005)
$175 Late Registration Fee (Oct. 1 - 14, 2005)
Free Culture is the label for the grassroots movement that is resisting
the ways that "big media uses technology and the law to lock down
culture and control creativity" (Lessig, *Free Culture,* 2004).
This symposium seeks to promote a better understanding of the impacts of
restrictions on the dissemination of public cultural information.
Lawrence Lessig and Siva Vaidhyanathan, as well as leading figures from
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the arXiv e-Print archive,
Wikipedia, the Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP), the Digital
Federation (DLF), and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and
Dissertations (NDLTD), this interdisciplinary symposium will explore the
* The relationship between digital innovation and legal constraints
* Regulation of public cultural information and artifacts
* Digital library research and systems development
* Freedom of ideas in the Internet age
* Copyright law and intellectual property concerns
Featured Speakers: Lawrence Lessig, Siva Vaidhyanathan
Additional Speakers Include: Edward Fox, Clifford Lynch, Mary
Paper Presentations by: Joseph Corneli, Bradley Daigle, Debora Halbert,
Marjorie Heins, Barrie Howard, James A. Jacobs, Aaron Krowne, William
Maher, Daniel Mayer, Meghan Miller Brawley, Robert Milson, Karrie
Peterson, Raymond Puzio, Denise Troll Covey, Simeon Warner
Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's
Center for Internet and Society, Lessig is the author of *The Future of
Ideas* and *Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.* Professor Lessig also
chairs the Creative Commons project, and is a boardmember of the
Electronic Frontier Foundation and of the Center for the Public Domain.
Professor at New York University, Professor Vaidhyanathan is a renowned
cultural historian, media scholar and author of *Copyrights and
Copywrongs* and *The Anarchist in the Library.* Vaidhyanathan has
written for many periodicals including: *American Scholar,* *The
Chronicle of Higher Education,* *The New York Times Magazine* and *The
Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, Fox directs the Internet
Technology Innovation Center at Virginia Tech, Digital Library Research
Laboratory, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, and
Computing and Information Technology Interactive Digital Educational
(CITIDEL). He has been (co)PI on over 80 research and development
Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July
1997, Lynch also currently serves on the National Digital Preservation
Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress. He now serves on the
National Research Council's Committee on Digital Archiving and the
National Archives and Records Administration.
Policy Advisor for Special Programs in the Office of Policy and
International Affairs of the U.S. Copyright Office and the Office of
Strategic Initiatives, Rasenberger currently oversees the partnership
agreements for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and
Preservation Program (NDIIPP).
Paper: "A Scholia-Based Document Model for Commons-Based Peer
Corneli is a former mathematics graduate student who is now a freelance
researcher working at the intersection of math, computers, and society.
He is involved in a number of projects including the Hyperreal
Mathematics and PlanetMath.
Paper: "How Do We Sustain Digital Scholarship?"
Daigle is the Associate Director of the University of Virginia Library,
overseeing a unit that digitizes the library's special collections and
materials. Daigle also leads a statewide team of Special Collections
staff to establish statewide standards and best practices for creating
digital objects from special collections materials.
Paper: "The Librarian Revolutionary: Creating Cultural Exchange and
Preservation on the Internet"
Author of *Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of
Expanding Property Rights* and *Resisting Intellectual Property,*
Halbert has also written numerous articles on copyright issues.
Paper: "Will Fair Use Survive the Digital Age?"
Founder of the Free Expression Policy Project, Heins is a fellow in the
Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program. Heins is the author of
*Not in Front of the Children: "Indecency, Censorship, and the Innocence
of Youth* and *The Progress of Science and Useful Arts: Why Copyright
Today Threatens Intellectual Freedom.*
Paper: "Greasing the Wheels of Regulation"
Howard is the program associate of the Digital Library Federation. He is
project manager for the DLF Distributed Library: OAI for Digital Library
Aggregation, an IMLS 2004 National Leadership Grant project.
Paper: "How Free Culture Will Save Digital Libraries"
Aaron Krowne is Head of Digital Library Research at Emory University.
also the founder of PlanetMath and was formerly a student at Virginia
Digital Library Research Lab.
Paper: "Heritage and Culture Under Lock, but No Key: The Problem of
Unpublished Orphan Works"
Maher is the University Archivist and Professor of Library
(1995-) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
Paper: "Trusting the User: Wikipedia As an Example"
Mayer is Chief Financial Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation and a
long-time and very active Wikipedia user.
Meghan Miller Brawley
Paper: "Catalysts for Change: Librarians and Open Access"
Miller Brawley is currently at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in
School of Information Sciences and is affiliated with the Vanderbilt
University Special Collections and University Archives.
Paper: "Adapting CBPP Platforms for Instructional Delivery"
Robert Milson is a member of the Department of Mathematics and
Dalhousie in 1999. His research interests include differential geometry
Karrie Peterson and James A. Jacobs
Paper: "Government Information in the Digital Era: Free Culture or
Peterson is Head of Government Information Services at North Carolina
University Libraries, a unit that encompasses government information,
services and GIS, patents and trademarks, and maps. Jacobs is Data
Librarian at the University of California San Diego where, since 1985,
he has provided online access to social science data.
Paper: "Free Math and Potential Bottlenecks"
Puzio is an adjunct member of the Department of Physics at the
Memphis and a regular contributor to PlanetMath.
Denise Troll Covey
Paper: "Rights, Registries, and Remedies: An Analysis of Responses to
Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry Regarding Orphan Works"
Principal Librarian for Special Projects at Carnegie Mellon University
Libraries, Troll Covey is responsible for conducting research to inform
library administration and strategic planning.
Paper: "The arXiv: 14 Years of Open Access Scientific Communication"
A noted expert on the OAI (Open Archives Initiative) Protocol, Warner
establish the arXiv e-Print archive. Warner currently works in the
Computer and Information Science Program at Cornell University.
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