A Manifesto for Science

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Deceptive Success of Copyright Licenses

In the 12 years of its existence, Creative Commons has achieved remarkable success, and among the most basic of metrics of its success is the number of CC-licensed works on the web. more

It Takes All Kinds to Make a Commons

Value v of any work is the sum of many kinds of values: monetary, social, cultural, strategic, etc. Value V of a dataset is the sum of the value of each work in the dataset: V = v<sub>1</sub> + v<sub>2</sub> … v<sub>n</sub> more

The Problem With Copyright

Copyright has a limited relevance to science. It applies only to copyrightable information that includes working and peer-reviewed papers, books and articles, and presentations, videos, photos, and other such creative works. more

The “P” Words

A particularly thorny problem is reconciling the need to share data with the imperative to protect privacy. more

Changing the Culture

Creative Commons contribution has not been as much a development of its licenses as it has been in creating a global community of people who are keen to share their creations around a certain ethic. more

From Aye to Si

To change the culture of science and education we have to encourage risk taking, experimentation, questioning conventional wisdom, unorthodox methods—we have to learn to say “yes” in many domains, in many languages. more

Beyond Law

Creative Commons, in spite of its reluctance toward non-copyright focused projects, has undertaken a few novel experiments. more

Learning by Making, Teaching by Doing

The hacker/maker movement embodied in hacker/maker spaces is the best convergence of the new old form of learning by making and teaching by doing. more