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    Friday, March 30 we re voting on the Fall meeting of COMMUNIA so I appreciate our input regarding the choices. COMMUNIA is the European Union network for the
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      Friday, March 30 we're voting on the Fall meeting of COMMUNIA so I
      appreciate our input regarding the choices. COMMUNIA is the European
      Union network for the Public Domain. Minciu Sodas is a member and we
      hosted the Spring meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania.

      One proposal is a workshop on suggesting a policy for the use of Public
      Sector Information and Public Funded Information. This would take place
      in Saarland, Germany near the border with France.

      Another proposal is a workshop on suggesting a mechanics for marking the
      boundaries of Public Domain works. This would take place in Amsterdam.

      Which proposal seems more important for us? and who would like to attend
      the workshops and why? These meetings are an opportunity for us to foster
      the Public Domain and also to meet each other, too.

      We also have a conference in Louvain-la-Neuve (30 km from Brussels) on
      June 30th and July 1st on the topic of "Assessment of economic and social
      impact of digital public domain throughout Europe."
      Is there anybody who might attend and represent us? We've spent our
      entire budget already (we'll get more money for the fall meetings) but it
      would be good if somebody could represent us. Please let me know if you
      are interested and perhaps we can think of something.

      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas


      1. Title

      PSI and Public Domain - Bringing Public Sector Information and Public Funded
      Information to the Public Domain

      2. Abstract

      Public Sector Information does not at all resemble a natural part of the
      Domain, not to speak of Public Funded Information in general. For states
      are numerous ways to shape the legal status of PSI. Even when grounded
      on the
      same piece of EU primary law, the outcome differs substantially between
      European Union Member States. In the Workshop we want to investigate
      into the different approaches towards legislating freedom and reuse of
      information. Goals of the workshop would be: To clarify whether a
      unified or a
      regional solution is preferrable; whether the solutions already in place
      the requirements of the 2003/98/EC directive in stating clear licensing
      for PSI; whether and how standardised systems like CC0 could help; what the
      special role of Open Educational Resources means for the discussion on the
      european level; whether "droit auteur" countries need a legally defined
      Domain to get there.

      3. Relevance for TN

      * The technological resources of citizens for accessing and processing
      information are increasing by the day. This has led to a rather unintended
      shift in the direction of regulations concerning Public Sector Information.
      Before this occured, the only entities that could readily make use of
      public data (besides the public institutions themselves) had been the media
      sector and larger corporations. Nowadays PSI can become directly
      valuable for
      potentially anyone. So today regulatory action around PSI must be
      suitable for
      society as a whole, not only for a certain group of players.
      * Arguably, putting PSI into the Public Domain by default is the
      best way to
      ensure fairness and equal access to information for all, yet, this path
      is not
      really chosen in a consequent manner. The question is why this is so and how
      the alternatives might look like. In order to deal with these circumstances,
      the reasons for the lack of an undisputed allocation of the PSI in the
      Domain have to be identified. In doing so, alternatives might also be
      * As CC0 as a tool might come in handy where national or EU wide
      is not progressing on this issue, we should move quickly to find out whether
      certain aspects of PSI and PSI regulations call for certain provisions
      CC0, so that these can be implemented before the tool is launched.
      Another hot
      iron at this time is the clash of public domain status of PSI and European
      style sui-generis database rights. This is on the agenda of the European
      of Justice and who else but the COMMUNIA Network would be in the position to
      advise on this.

      4. Venue Description

      The workshop is to take place on Saarland University's Main Campus in
      Saarbrücken (Google Maps), in a newly built building of the faculty of
      computational liguistics.


      Saarbrücken is the capital of the german state of Saarland, in the far
      south-western corner of Germany. The University was founded in 1948 in
      co-operation with France. From beginning on, it focused on international
      orientation. Well known are the Europa-Institut and the Frankreichzentrum.
      There are 15.500 students of which 7 percent are foreign students; 2000
      employees of which 15 percent have professorial status; 8 faculties: Law and
      Economics, Medicine, Humanities I-III, Natural Sciences and Technology
      The three focal areas are bio-nano-tech, informatics and european studies.

      The Europa-Institut at Saarland University is the second oldest academic
      institution in Europe for graduate european studies. Further relevant
      institutions include the Institute for Law and Informatics of Prof.
      Herberger (http://www.rechtsinformatik.de/pages/institute/presentation.php).

      The campus is located roughly between the city center and the airport
      distance to the airport is approx. 10 - 15 Minutes). It is connected to the
      city center by public transport (busses). From central Saarbrücken there is
      train connection to Frankfurt (70 Min.), Frankfurt Airport (126 Min.),
      Luxembourg (102 Min.), Paris (109 Min.) and Strassbourg (101 Min.).

      5. Attendance

      We expect an attendance of 100 to 150 people. The fact that the EDVGT
      takes place in Saarbrücken on the day before the workshop will lead to a
      attendance. Furthermore, the proposed workshop will take place on an
      campus, so it can be expected that a considerable number of students of the
      neighbouring faculties of Law and Information Sciences will also

      6. Organisers

      John Hendrik Weitzmann

      John Hendrik Weitzmann studied law in Saarbrücken, Sydney and Trier and
      is Legal
      Project Lead for Creative Commons Germany since 2006. While working for
      EEAR he
      participated in organising the academy's Open Day and set up a regular
      program for School Children. He has organised a number of large scale
      events in
      his time as President of Saarland University's Student Union, including
      parties with up to 1.000 guests, political talks and panel discussions.

      Sabine Micka

      Sabine Micka studied business administration in Saabrücken. In 2003 and 2004
      Sabine was an event manager at "Musik und Theater Saar" and has organized
      events with an annual attendance of 20.000 people. Since 2005 she has been
      responsible for organizing seminars at EEAR, since 2007 she is also
      Geschäftsstellenleiterin of EDVGT e.V.

      Klaas Schmidt

      After finishing his law studies, Klaas is employed at EEAR and currently
      involved in the organisation and presentation of a series of advanced

      Christopher Brosch

      Christopher is a jurist and was a research assistant at IfRI (Institut für
      Rechtsinformatik, Saarbrücken) for several years. He was involved in the
      realization of EDVGT and Transcultura confenrences.


      The EEAR (http://www.eear.eu/) has organized a couple of internatioal
      conferences and workshops, for example three "Transcultura" conferences,
      one of
      them with Umberto Eco as a speaker

      7. Budget

      * a first draft of the budget:
      * 2.500 EUR dinner for all participants
      * 1.000 EUR coffee breaks, snacks
      * 200 - 250 EUR rent for the workshop location
      * 200 EUR promotion (posters, flyers, banners)
      * 3.000 EUR speaker
      * 1.000 EUR videostreaming and -recording for the whole day
      * 500 EUR conference transcript

      8. Program

      * Date: 19.9.2008

      * 09:00 - 12:00: lectures (+ coffee break)
      * 12:00 - 13:00: lunch break
      * 13:00 - 14:45: panel discussion
      * 14:45 - 15:00: coffee break
      * 15:00 - 17:00: lectures or small groups tournament
      * 17:00 - 18:30: closing session/ vision building
      * 19:00: - : dinner for all participants

      possible speakes include:

      * Graham Greenleaf
      * Dr. Irene Pakuscher, German Federal Ministry of Justice
      * Prof. Maximilian Herberger, Saarbrücken
      * Gerhard Wagner, Austria

      Lecturers vom Europainstitut (ReWi, WiWi), Infowiss
      * Prof. Dr. Reto M. Hilty, Max-Planck-Institut für Geistiges Eigentum,
      Wettbewerbs- und Steuerrecht, München
      * Prof. Dr. Thomas Dreier, M.C.J., Universität Karlsruhe Institut für
      Informationsrecht Zentrum für angewandte Rechtswissenschaft
      * Prof. Dr. Georgios Gounalakis, Philipps-Universität Marburg
      Rechtswissenschaften Institut für Rechtsvergleichung
      * Prof. Dr. Rainer Kuhlen, Aktionsbündnis Urheberrecht für Bildung und
      Wissenschaft, München
      * Till Kreutzer, iRights.info, Büro für informationsrechtliche
      * Dr. Till Jaeger, ifrOSS, Berlin
      * Prof. Dr. Joachim Bornkamm, Richter am Bundesgerichtshof, Karlsruhe

      9. Further Information

      The workshop is to take place in Saarbrücken
      (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saarbr%C3%BCcken), the capital of the german
      state Saarland. Saarbrücken lies directly at the border to France. There are
      local busses to France (Forbach, Sarreguemines). Saarbrücken is only 300 km
      away from Brussels and even closer to Luxembourg (100km). It can easily be
      reached by plane from many places in europe, the airports Saarbrücken and
      Zweibrücken are close, Frankfurt airport is only 70 minutes by train. By
      speed train connection (ICE) Saarbrücken is connected to Paris, which takes
      less than two hours. Other train connections have been mentioned above.
      Saarbrücken is often described as beeing the most european of a all german
      cities. This is not only due to the fact that Saarbrücken is more or less
      situated in the center of europe, the special european spirit that a
      visitor to
      Saarbrücken can experience is also a result of the "savoir vivre"
      mentality. The
      term describes a special melange of the different ways of life in France and
      Germany. From each it takes the best attributes and brings them together and
      can only be found here, in the Saarland region. Other, more hands on
      attractions include an impressive piece of UNESCO World Cultural
      Heritage, the
      Völklingen ironworks, a refurbished steel plant of vast proportions from the
      early 20th century, which today is a place for cultural activity and
      international projects.

      The workshop would take place directly after the 17th EDVGT conference
      (17.-19.09.2008, http://www.edvgt.de/). The EDVGT ist the Annual Congress of
      the German Association for Computing in the Judiciary. Traditionally, the
      Congress is a meeting point for many decision makers in the field of public
      sector information and public domain. About 600 people, mostly lawyers,
      scientists, senior officials from different ministries and companies selling
      legal (public domain) information, build the annual attendance. We
      expect very
      fruitful synergies between the two events.


      dear all,
      please find below the proposal for a COMMUNIA workshop in october
      2008. This proposal is being submitted by Kennisland and is being made
      on behalf of the Institute for Information Law and Waag Society as well.
      best regards,
      Paul Keller

      1. Title of the Workshop;

      Marking the Public Domain: relinquishment & certification

      2. Abstract of the Workshop: topic to be addressed, how, etc.;

      The proposed workshop would adress legal, economic and practical
      issues related to certifying Public Domain works and relinquishing
      intellectual property rights in Europe. This workshop will seek to
      discuss the economic and legal value of the giving-up of
      intellectual property rights, discuss ways of certifying works as
      belonging to the public domain and addressing (legal hurdles) faced
      by individuals and institutions wishing to contribute to the public
      domain or wishing to work with public domain material. The workshop
      will have two threads, an academic one dealing with the legal and
      economic issues and a practical one that seeks to bring together
      practitioners and stakeholders to identify best practices.

      3. Brief explanation of why the topic is relevant and timely for

      the topic adresses one of the central issues of the COMMUNIA
      thematic network. it seeks to identify practices, procedures and
      legal obstacles for strengthening the public domain in Europe. There
      will be a special focus that seeks to identify practices that
      enable contemporary producers, aggregators and custodians of
      information to release their material into the public domain. This
      issue is especially timely in the light of a number of initiatives
      that seek to provide tools and instruments (such as CC0) for
      interested parties to release material into the public domain or to
      certify the public domain status of existing works.

      4. Description of the workshop venue;

      The venue has still to be identified, possibilities include pakhuis
      de zwijger (http://www.dezwijger.nl) in central Amsterdam, rooms
      provided by the university of amsterdam or the Institute for sound
      and vison (another communia partner the building is located in
      Hilversum 30 minutes from amsterdam by public transport:

      5. Expected attendance (e.g., based on previous experiences by the

      we would expect an attendance between 60 and 80 participants (based
      on the assumption that there would be on average 2 delegates from
      the communia partners plus a small number of interested
      professionals from the netherlands)

      6. Names and short bios of the members of organizing team; please
      emphasize any previous direct experiences organizing workshop/

      Members of the organizing team would be drafted from Knowledgeland,
      the Institute for Information law and Waag Society. All three
      organisations have extensive experience in organizing similar events
      in Amsterdam. The institute for information law has a solid track
      record in organizing academic events (see for example:
      ). Knowledgeland has a solid track record in organizing public
      events (see for example: http://www.creativecapital.nl/ (which
      included the first Creative Commons Europe meeting and was organized
      in collaboration with Waag Society) and the upcoming www.ecommons.eu).

      7. Proposed budget, with a break-down of the main costs;

      this will be provided at a later date in time. the main costs for
      the workshop would relate to rent of venue, catering and transport
      and accommodation for speakers from outside of the communia network.

      8. Proposed workshop program: rough organization of the day (i.e.,
      session topics);

      at the moment we are still looking if it makes sense to have a 1.5
      day workshop. the workshop would possibly divided into a number of
      plenary presentations (first part) to be followed by two tracks (one
      focussing on the legal issues surrounding the relinquishment of
      authors rights in europe, and the other on practical implementation
      issues specific to sectors such as archives, government institutions
      libraries and audiovisual producers). the workshop will be concluded
      by a plenary feedback session.

      9. Any another information that might strengthen the proposal, e.g.,
      how well the city or the venue are connected with the rest of
      Europe, potential synergies with other events immediately before/
      after in the same city/region, etc.

      Amsterdam is well connected to the rest of europe with direct
      flights to most european airports and a wide range of low cost
      carriers operating from Amsterdam Schiphol. amsterdam is also well
      connected to large parts of western europe (france, belgium, germany
      northern italy, switzerland and austria) by railway.

      Kennisland | Knowledgeland
      t: +31 20 5756720 | m: +31 6 41374687
      www.kennisland.nl | www.knowledgeland.org
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