What have I been up to?

Oct 16, 2008 • Karen

Various projects, not all of which are done/public yet. But some are--including my half of the Voices of Open Access video series, which was released on Tuesday for Open Access Day. Check it out, I'm a filmmaker!

Sharon Terry, Patient Advocate from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

André Brown, Grad Student from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

Diane Graves, Librarian from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

The other three videos (by the illustrious Matt Agnello on the West Coast) are located here.

Seastead aquarium This weekend, I attended two conferences in the Bay Area. One was the first-ever conference of the Seasteading Institute, held by Nelson's friend and Mudd alum Patri Friedman. It involved possibly the highest concentration of Libertarians I've ever experienced. Also the highest concentration of men--out of 60-70 conferencegoers, Kat and I made up half the ladies. I suppose that's to be expected with any new frontier, though... A couple more Seasteading Conference pics here.

Then, on Saturday and Sunday I attended the 2008 Students for Free Culture conference. Lots of brand name speakers--Lawrence Lessig, John Lilly, Pamela Samuelson, etc. You can see the identica microblogging stream of the conference here. I also filmed "shout-outs" for Open Access Day, with various conference-goers telling the camera why open access is awesome:

OA Day shoutouts from the Students for Free Culture conference from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

The second day, the spontaneous participant-organized "unconference", provoked a lot of good conversations and was surprisingly productive--by the end of it, everyone agreed to what people are calling the Wheeler Declaration (after the building we were in): an agenda for Students for Free Culture to focus on for next year. We're still arguing about what to call it (since Open University is trademarked, apparently), but the idea is to pressure and grade our campuses based on five criteria: opening access to research, creating/using open courseware, embracing free/open-source software and open document formats, using university-held patents for the public good (think cheap drugs for the developing world), and keeping the university network unfiltered and uncensored. We'll see how SFC executes this plan, but I think it's an excellent target for the org to have.

More awesome projects are on the way... just you wait!