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Eric Kluitenberg on Tue, 12 Feb 2008 10:04:14 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> Conference: Economies of the Commons - Strategies for Sustainable Access and Creative Reuse of Images and Sounds Online, April 10-12, 2008, The Netherlands


Economies of the Commons
Strategies for Sustainable Access and Creative Reuse of Images and  
Sounds Online

International Working Conference
De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics, Amsterdam, April 11 & 12,  

Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, April 10,  

A wide range of actors around the globe is currently involved in the  
creation of unprecedentedly rich and invaluable audiovisual cultural  
and knowledge resources on the internet. These range from national  
audiovisual archives, broadcasters, professional cultural producers  
and institutions to civic and p2p file sharing initiatives.

De Balie in Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and  
Vision in Hilversum, in collaboration with Knowledgeland, Images for  
the Future, and Virtual Platform, organise a two-day international  
public working conference on the economies, sustainability, and  
opportunities for creative reuse of these public audiovisual resources  
and archives.

While the level of activity and investment in this area is enormous,  
the question of the longer-term sustainability of these audiovisual  
resources remains wide open. Continued massive public investment is  
one obvious solution, with equally obvious drawbacks. The conference  
intends to question which alternative economic models exist, or could  
be developed that can sustain invaluable public resources.  
Paradoxically, we may have to ask: What is a sustainable business  
model for the digital commons?

The Economies of the Commons conference will focus on three core  
issues: strategies for sustainability, new modes of value creation,  
and the potentials for creative reuse around the digital commons. Our  
main questions are:
- What kind of strategies are available to facilitate the growth of  
these emerging public knowledge resources, and guarantee their longer- 
term sustainability?
- How is value created around the emerging digital commons, and how  
can this value be capitalised on for the public good?
- How can these resources be activated as a creative productive force  
for contemporary culture, and how can the reuse of these enormously  
rich resources be facilitated and stimulated?

These questions will be related to current projects, such as Images of  
the Future (the largest digitisation project of audiovisual heritage  
in the Netherlands), P2P Fusion (European research project on audio  
and video sharing), BBC Creative Archives, Prelinger Archives,  
Smithsonian Global Sound and UbuWeb.

The conference brings together a highly international group of  
specialists, including Peter Kaufman (Intelligent Television), Rick  
Prelinger (prelinger Archives), Roei Amit (INA), Kenneth Goldsmith  
(UbuWeb), Anthony McCann (Hallam University), Hubert Best (Best &  
Soames / FOCAL), Lucy Guibault (University of Amsterdam), Florian  
Schneider (Kein.tv) and many others. Economies of the Commons creates  
spaces of discussion in which perspectives of mainstream audiovisual  
archives are mixed with those of market players as well as public  
domain and non-legal exchange networks (p2p). The program comprises a  
variety of formats, such as public keynote lectures, interdisciplinary  
workshops for the exchange of ideas, experiences and the formulation  
of strategies, as well as targeted seminars addressing very specific  
problems relevant to specialists, cultural and media producers, policy  
makers, and decision makers in public and private organisations.

The Economies of the Commons conference addresses a range of target  
groups that do not regularly meet each other. These include:  
(broadcast) media professionals, representatives from cultural  
heritage organisations, internet entrepreneurs, ethnomusicologists,  
musicians and representatives of the music industry, media activists,  
researchers in the domains of internet law, economy, information  
science, p2p file sharing activists, policy makers, and professionals  
from the field of art and culture.

Special public evening programs will introduce the topics of the  
conference to a wider audience and present best practice examples.

A one-day seminar at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in  
Hilversum, on Intellectual Property Rights issues in the digital  
audiovisual domain, precedes the conference on Thursday April 10, the  
results of which will feed into the conference program.

A web dossier has been set up that provides further information on the  
conference program and side events, program updates, and information  
on speakers and highlighted case studies, as well as general  
background and research materials. This dossier can be found at:

Enquiries about the conference program and registration can be  
directed at:

Eric Kluitenberg
De Balie
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
1017 RR Amsterdam
e-mail: erick {AT} balie.nl

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