Blog archive for April, 2009

Talis offers free data hosting for open data

April 9th, 2009 by Kaitlin Thaney

The folks over at Talis recently announced a new free data-hosting service for open data, the “Talis Connected Commons”.

The service provides free data hosting up to 50 million RDF triples and 10Gb of content for “qualifying” data sets, as specified by their Web site.  To qualify for entry, the data and content must be made available to the public domain either under CC0 – a waiver we recently released that allows for one to waive all rights over their work, or the Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License.

I further bore into the details regarding hosting public domain data, inquiring whether or not data naturally in the public domain and not marked by CC0 or the PDDL would be allowed in the system. Talis’ Leigh Dodds, after a few email exchanges, expressed their desire to have the data clearly marked via CC0 or PDDL, but assured me that data already in the commons — for example, the human genome — would not be excluded.

Confusion clarified.

We commend Talis for using CC0 as a means to clearly mark and identify public domain data, and look forward to see what fruit this tree will bring for the open data / linked data communities.

For more information, visit their Web site and FAQ.

WSJ profiles Jesse Dylan, work in science

April 6th, 2009 by Kaitlin Thaney

The Wall Street Journal has a wonderful piece on director and producer Jesse Dylan, detailing his journey from Elvis Costello videos and film to his connection with Creative Commons and Science Commons. The article looks at Jesse’s personal impetus for his latest work and his desire to better explain complex issues in the sciences in simplified terms.

Dylan was recently recognized for his Emmy award winning “Yes We Can” video from President Obama’s campaign, with musical artist from the Black Eyed Peas, that quickly became an Internet hit. The Science Commons team first met Dylan in spring of last year, and after a few conversations with John Wilbanks, planning for the first Science Commons informational video began. The video was launched in December as part of the Creative Commons annual campaign and can be seen here, as well as on our home page.

Back in December when we asked Dylan about the video, he said, “I believe Science Commons represents the true aspiration of the web, and I wanted to tell their story. 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.”

We hope so too. Thanks again to Jesse and his team for their work on these videos and ongoing support. For more information about the Science Commons video or “A Shared Culture”, click here and here, also accessible from the WSJ Web site.