MERLOT Conference 2009 – San Jose

Keynote Addresses

Posted in Conference Info by cathyswift on July 7, 2009

John Wilbanks, in the opening Keynote Address, will speak on “Uncommon Knowledge and Open Innovation.”  John is a Vice President of Creative Commons and the Executive Director of the Science Commons project.  Science Commons is an off-shoot of Creative Commons, and was created to overcome the barriers to sharing information in the science community.  MERLOT has recently adopted Creative Commons for its website and has contacted Authors of materials to encourage them to use the Creative Commons license on their websites.  According to the Creative Commons website, they “work to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in ‘the commons’— the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.”

Creative Commons provides simple ways for authors of material to license their work, permitting authors to have a copyright, yet be able to specify the uses of their work, from all rights reserved to the public domain.  There are six types of licenses available from a combination of Attribution, Share Alike, Non-Commercial, and No Derivative Works.  With the emphasis on Open Access today, Creative Commons offers an opportunity to provide choice to authors in how their materials are used. 

 I’m looking forward to hearing John’s talk as the subject of Creative Commons comes up in a lot of discussions.  People are always concerned with copyright in using someone else’s materials.  Being able to point to the Creative Commons licensing policy is helpful in assuaging their concerns.  I hope you’ll join us for this opening general session.

Cathy Swift – MERLOT Director of Academic Partner Services

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  1. Deborah Proctor said, on July 16, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Having John Wilbanks speak at the MIC 09 is a real coup for the MIC09 Conference Committee members. Thanks for getting him on the venue.

    I am an admirer and user of the great resources provided on the Creative Commons Website (www.creativecommons.org). CC’s work examining the licensing polices of open source educational organizations and numerous other projects puts them at the head of the class when it comes to helping faculty learn about and use licenses for digital content they author.

    San Jose, this Keynote, and seeing the energetic and engaged members of the MERLOT community are propelling me to this conference.

    Can’t wait!


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