Free Culture Research Revival at FU Berlin: Wikipedia Academy 2012

In about two weeks, from June 29 to July 1, another Free Culture research event is taking place at Freie Universität Berlin. The first “Wikipedia Academy: Research and Free Knowledge” is organised by Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and Freie Universität Berlin.

Check out the very diversified programregistration is still open.

Thank you and auf Wiedersehen!

Many thanks to everyone for a fantastic conference! Documentation from the conference is now available, including blog posts from other participants, our Flickr stream, a visualization of retweets at #FCRC, and even a few radio interviews. You can follow more Free Culture research news on the commons-research mailing list.

An enormous thank-you to all participants, especially the authors, chairs, and commentators for providing the intellectual fodder for the conference and ensuring the program ran smoothly. Thanks also to Wikimedia Germany and COMMUNIA for their thoughtful panels (see our coverage here and here) and to our host, the Freie Universität of Berlin. We owe much to the support from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and generous funding from the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

This conference would not have been possible without the scholarly contributions of the FCRC Academic Program Committee, who led the peer review process and helped shape the program’s overall themes. Thank you to Giorgos Cheliotis for his leadership in the Free Culture research initiative and his support of the event in Berlin.

Also, a heartful danke schön to our live-bloggers Parker Higgins, Thomas Gegenhuber, and Renata Avila and to our talented photographer, Tony Sojka. Our gratitude especially to Martin Schmidt, coordinator of the peer review, and to the students and faculty of the FU School of Business and Economics for their contributions to the event’s registration and logistics. The FCRC logo was designed by Christian Dürr, winner of the Open Clipart Logo Design Contest.

Keep posting your impressions and feedback, using the #fcrc tag so we can aggregate everything. We hope to see you at next year’s FCRC — wherever it may take place!

Image: FCRC Participants (fcrc2010_DSC5719tonysojka) by FCRC10 (Tony Sojka) / CC BY 2.0 Generic

COMMUNIA Panel: Free Culture Research and Policy

This panel addressed the relationship between research and policy, and featured Amelia Andersdotter, one of the “phantom MEPs” from the Swedish, Pirate Party; Renata Avila of CC Guatemala; Marcus Beckedahl, who runs about internet policy and politics; and Mayo Fuster Morell, researcher and activist in Barcelona. It was moderated by Juan Carlos de Martin of COMMUNIA.

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New Forms of Access

This paper session reviewed the impact of Creative Commons, the copyright law discourse in Germany and copyrights issues in Israel.

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„We need commons sense instead of common sense“

The panel “New Markets for Free Music” looked at the shifts within the music scene.

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Wikimedia Panel: “Government Works in the Public Domain”

Matthias Schindler, the Project Manager (and unofficial “Content Liberator”) of Wikimedia Germany sat down with Paul Keller of CC Netherlands, Tomer Ashur of Wikipedia Israel, and Mike Linksvayer of Creative Commons to talk about their experiences with government works and their efforts to release them to the public domain or under a free license.

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New Forms of Production

The paper session “New Form of Production” discussed the features and effects of a hybrid economy.

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Geert Lovink keynote: “After the Critique of Free and Open: Alternative Platforms and Revenue Models”

Geert Lovink‘s keynote, “After the Critique of Free and Open,” focused on the practical aspects of a free culture, and a need for the movement to shift from making legal demands and instead focus on the platforms and revenue models that could support the kind of culture we’re striving towards.

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Conference coverage

The twitter-hashtag for the conference is #fcrc and we will try to cover the event via this blog. Pictures will be available on