Blog archive for December, 2008

Open Innovation, iTunes University and Science Commons

December 15th, 2008 by Kaitlin Thaney

Over the past few weeks, a number of online media components have been posted on Science Commons – from videos and features on Open Innovation over at the Kauffman Foundation’s Web site, to John Wilbankslatest talk this past November in Tampa, Fla. as part of “iTunes University” and Digital Media in Health Care Leadership Symposium. Wilbanks is the Vice President of Science at Creative Commons.

Science Commons receives generous support from the Kauffman Foundation. Visit their web site for more information on the Science Commons project, as well as their recent feature, “Open Innovation: Rx for Improved Human Health” as part of their Advancing Innovation wing. In that piece, Wilbanks lays out the underlying theory behind our Open Innovation work, its relationship to access, and its footing in network theory.

He writes:

“[…] users can spend their time and money innovating, not negotiating permission to use the network. It’s why the Web, despite its significant disadvantages in functionality and user base at launch compared to Prodigy or AOL, crushed both of them in only a few years. The access principle, as applied in the network, fostered innovation because it shifted power from the owners to the network users.”

I encourage you all to also check out the accompanying videos on the Kauffman Foundations Web site, embedded into the articles linked above.

Also available, thanks to iTunes University, is one of Wilbanks’ latest talks from the Digital Media in Health Care Leadership Symposium. The event, cohosted by USF Health and Apple, Inc., was held this past November in Tampa, Fla., bringing together over 170 participants from academia and beyond to discuss new ways of incorporating emerging mobile technology and digital learning into health care and education. For more information, visit the conference’s Web site. You can download Wilbanks’ talk here.

Supporting the Commons: Jesse Dylan and Richard Bookman

December 8th, 2008 by Kaitlin Thaney

Today, we are proud to announce the release of Science Commons’ first informational video. The video was directed by renowned director Jesse Dylan, the director of the Emmy- award winning “Yes We Can” Barack Obama campaign video with musical artist from the Black Eyed Peas. The video can also be seen on the front of

“I believe Science Commons represents the true aspiration of the web, and I wanted to tell their story,” Dylan said. “They’ve changed the way we think about exploration and discovery; the important and innovative ideas need to be shared.  I believe it’s vital to revolutionizing science in the future.  I hope this is just the beginning of our collaboration.”

This video is launched in conjunction with a letter of support from Richard Bookman, the Vice Provost for Research and Executive Dean for Research and Research Training at the University of Miami. Bookman joins a group of esteemed Commons supporters featured in this year’s “Commoner Letter” series, including this year:  Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center and Columbia University, Renata Avila – CC Guatemala Project Lead, and singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton. More information and an archive of past letters can be found at

In his letter, Bookman writes:

“We need to find ways to make sharing research results and tools easy, trackable, and useable by scientists on a day-to-day basis. Science Commons is working on these problems in a way that few other projects contemplate: they don’t write papers, they release “running code” like contracts for sharing biological materials and open contracts for biological tools like stem cells and  genetically modified mice. […]

I support SC/CC because I think it’s the right approach at the right  time. It’s vital that we as a community support the organization – the  interstitial nature of what gets done at CC makes it harder than many  might think to raise money, which can leave the most important work  dying for lack of funds.

I hope everyone in the community can dig deep and support CC during this campaign. When you support CC, whether because of the cultural work, or the education work, or the science work, you’re supporting an  organization that is much more than contracts and websites and videos.  You’re supporting an umbrella organization working around the world that lives and breathes the “some rights reserved” philosophy.”

Our thanks to Jesse Dylan, Professor Bookman, and the broader CC community for their ongoing support. For more information about the campaign, or to show your support, visit Every little bit counts. Help support the Commons.

Open Access wins

December 5th, 2008 by Thinh

Our friend Mike Rossner from the Rockefeller University Press (RUP) has informed us that they have launched a browser-based system, called JCB DataViewer that renders in jpeg original image files associated with their articles, all of which are available under a CC-NC-SA 3.0 license after six months.

RUP recently adopted CC licensing for their journals, including the prestigious Journal of Cell Biology. Their articles are available online under NC-SA after six months from publication, whereas for the first six months, they have similar terms, but without the permission to create mirror sites.

Also, in another step forward for open access, Autism Speaks, a funder for autism research, announced last month a new policy, which went into effect as of December 3. The policy requires deposit of research articles in Pubmed, which makes it available after 12 months.

We are seeing more and more foundations that fund research taking a closer look at the need to address science infrastructure and to leverage their funding resources, by aiming not just as knowledge creation but dissemination and downstream impact.