Four short links: 3 Mar 2009

The problems of Creative Commons around the world, ebook futures, open source biomed research, and a new open source conference:

  1. The Case For and Against Creative Commons — skip straight to page two, where the article talks about the places around the world where CC isn’t working. “More exactly, they fear that if you try to convert artists to CC who had never thought of copyrighting their works before, they may simply fall in love with the concept of making money through full copyright and stick to it.” (via Paul Reynolds on a mailing list)
  2. Are We Having The Wrong Conversation About eBook Pricing?“The first TV shows were basically radio programs on the television — until someone realized that TV was a whole new medium. Ebooks should not just be print books delivered electronically. We need to take advantage of the medium and create something dynamic to enhance the experience. I want links and behind the scenes extras and narration and videos and conversation…”. Yes, but radio shows still persist even though they’re delivered through the Internet. Old formats don’t have to die in the face of new media, the question is what’s best for a particular purpose. I read books on my iPhone as I go to sleep at night … I don’t want hypermedia linked videos and a backchannel. I don’t want the future of ebooks to be 1990s Shockwave CD-ROM “interactives”. (via Andrew Savikas’ delicious feed)
  3. Sage“a new, not-for-profit medical research organization established in 2009 to revolutionize how researchers approach the complexity of human biological information and the treatment of disease. Sage’s objectives are: to build and support an open access platform and databases for building innovative new dynamic disease models; to interconnect scientists as contributors to evolving, integrated networks of biological data.” Apparently they’ll be seeded with a pile of high-resolution very expensive data from Merck.
    (via BoingBoing)
  4. Open Source Bridge — open source conference in Portland, OR, started to fill the void when OSCON moved to San Jose. Very open source: they show you all the proposals, and you can even subscribe to a feed of the proposals as they come in. Many look good, though I’m pretty sure that 1993 called and wants its Tcl back. This conference might be just the excuse I need to visit Portland.
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