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February 2009 Archives

Sage - Open Access Data from Merck »

Congratulations to the Science Commons team and everyone involved for this amazing project. It's great seeing the application of Creative Commons "architecture of openness" being applied in increasingly more sophisticated and diverse ways. Sharing data is really hard and really important and this is a huge step in the right direction.Common KnowlegeSage - Open Access Data from Merck Posted on: February 27, 2009 12:33 PM, by John Wilbanks Big news today at the CHI Medicine Tri-Conference. Merck has pledged to donate a remarkable resource to the commons - a vast database of highly consistent data about the biology of disease,...

YouTube tests download and Creative Commons license options »

We've been working with YouTube on this for a long time. Kudos to everyone who helped make this happen. It's very big new for us and a huge step forward.Creative Commons BlogYouTube just made an incredibly exciting announcement: it's testing an option that gives video owners the ability to allow downloads and share their work under Creative Commons licenses. The test is being launched with a handful of partners, including Stanford, Duke, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UCTV. We are always looking for ways to make it easier for you to find, watch, and share videos. Many of you have told...

Dubai and learning about the unknowable »

As I read The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and a draft of Joshua Ramo's new book, I notice a common theme in many of the good books that I'm reading. Most significant events are not predictable. "Education" and at the notion that we actually understand the world causes us to be unprepared for the unpredictable. Science, which makes a great attempt at trying to make the world appear predictable, is really a rough approximation of things so that our simple minds can try to grasp the complex world around us. It also remind me of Science in Action...

RDFa and Creative Commons »

On the blog confused of calcutta and open... there are thoughtful posts here and here about my comments regarding RDFa (a W3C recommendation about how to express license and other information about content in XHTML) in my talk at DLD. I agree with a lot in the posts and my only defense that I have is that it's very hard to present a nuanced argument, especially to an audience mostly pre-disposed to disagree with you in 30 minutes and I had to drastically over-simply what we're doing. I posted a comment on the blogs and it's stuck in moderation so...
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