Stuart M. Shieber, a professor of computer science at Harvard University, pushed back against the status quo in his testimony. Mr. Shieber is the architect of an open-access policy at his institution and said that subscription models of distributing scientific research have created a broken market.
The initial videos produced by the project—which was created in concert with Harvard’s 375th anniversary—features four faculty members: physics and history of science professor Peter L. Galison ’77, physics professor Lisa Randall ’84, music professor Thomas F. Kelly, and law professor Jonathan L. Zittrain.
Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School and professor of computer science School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, co-founder and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who was recently named the law school’s vice-dean of library and information resources effective July 1.
All of these new technologies were surely followed closely by representatives from the Digital Public Library of America —an ambitious, massive, collaborative project passionately presented by Harvard’s John Palfrey. Informed by similar projects like Europeana and the Hathi Trust, Mr. Palfrey exhorted the crowd to join in, proclaiming that “we can do better than Google.” The DPLA’s principles of collaboration and open code are also behind the exciting New York Times’ labs Linked Open Data project, as well as the open thesaurus project; it is always inspiring to see open sharing of such tools. Indeed, Ian MacKay praised cultural institutions’ proclivity towards “collaboration, not litigation” during his presentation of the Fugazi Live Series archives, while LeVar Burton extolled both the pleasures of traditional reading and the promise of a digital future. But what else would you expect from someone who was both in Star Trek and Reading Rainbow?
via WebWise 2012 – WNYC.
“These movements are significantly different from the good old ‘marchas,’ ” said Andrés Monroy-Hernández, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. “The stereotype of the marchas was that they were movements made up of working-class folk, led by charismatic union or political leaders. These new social media movements seem to be structurally different: they are networked, and attract a different demographic — middle-class youth who probably identify more strongly with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring.”
When it comes to high-speed wired data distribution — America’s critical information infrastructure — Comcast and the other cable incumbents have won the battle for subscribers and face neither oversight nor competition.
“The HLS library is an extraordinary institution, and I’m excited to work with Suzanne and the staff on current projects and new ventures both within and outside the University as she takes the helm,” Zittrain said in an email.
Where it once meant “holding on to something in your room, now it’s about engaging with others online around a social object,” says Harvard tech culture researcher David Weinberger, author of Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room.
The decision represents a fresh clarification of the standards and rules under which the media has access to court proceedings, said Jeff Hermes, a member of OpenCourt’s advisory board and director of the digital media law project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.