Working Groups

Conference Working Groups

The conference working groups will provide space for topics and questions to be discussed at length and will allow for working group participants to come up with a set of specs to address the concerns identified throughout the session.

While led by a facilitator, all working group participants equally contribute to the conversation and to the output. At the end of the conference day, each working group will report back to the full assembly, giving a review of the group's discoveries and proposed actions.

Each of the working groups listed below links into a wiki for preliminary brainstorming and discussion. Please list any questions and comments into the wikis to get the conversations going prior to the conference.

== Session 1 Working Groups, 11:00a.m. - 12:45p.m. ==

UNIVERSITY Agenda for Fair Use
The Center for Social Media at American University and documentary filmmakers wrote a report on Best Practices in Fair Use to help navigate the waters of copyrighted materials and to determine when material use can be considered Fair Use. Much like documentarians, members of University communities are often riddled with questions as they create and express their work. How can we create Best Practices in Fair Use document for Universities similar to the one created for documentary filmmakers?
Facilitators: Lewis Hyde (Berkman Center Fellow), Patricia Aufderheide (Center for Social Media), Eric Gordon (Emerson College)
Location: Pound Hall Room 100

Alternative UNIVERSITY Models for Scholarly Publications
The ways in which professors, academics and students and professionals release their work into the world are changing. The old models of scholarly publishing, in which most work is turned over to a publishing company just to be purchased back by the Universities from which it originated, are challenged as the printing press is replaced by digital distribution. How can Universities progress open access models of scholarly publications through repositories, modes of licensing and support of open access journals?
Facilitators: Peter Suber (Public Knowledge/Earlham College), Stuart Shieber(Harvard University)
Location: Pound Hall Room 101

Progressing UNIVERSITY General Counsels on Intellectual Property Issues CANCELLED
How are General Counsels at Universities advancing academia into the digitized age and how, as lawyers for Universities, do they view intellectual property issues? In what ways do Universities and their General Counsels need to be on the cutting edge of shared resource and knowledge promotion? How does this counter the position to keep Universities from being sued?
Facilitator: Terry Fisher (Harvard Law School)
Location: Pound Hall Room 506

Connecting UNIVERSITY and Localized Curricula
What is University's role in guiding elementary education? Through empowering and enabling local teachers and volunteers in the world through collaborative development of teaching materials with luminaries in various academic disciplines, we can connect University to all children in the world, offering children who may not necessarily have access to traditional systems that would lead them to University the chance to connect nonetheless. With a project such as One Laptop per Child, and its initiative to facilitate a universal library, University can connect in more direct and actionable ways to the basic education movement, and address the needs of local students and teachers across different cultures.
Facilitators: SJ Klein (One Laptop Per Child), Ethan Zuckerman (Berkman Fellow), Harvard PITF Program
Location: Pound Hall Room 107

UNIVERSITY and its Library
Librarians are the navigators of knowledge and access at University. As search and content companies further engage in the realm of University and its Library, how do the roles of library, librarians, and library tools evolve, particularly into digital space? With libraries embracing new content delivery services, creating their own digital taxonomies and resources, and negotiating new relationships with users and vendors, what are the implications for our greatest repositories of knowledge? New tools for mining, mashing up, and networking knowledge are evolving everyday, so how do libraries interface with copyright issues while still forwarding the mission of scholarship? Is there a conflict?
Facilitators: David Weinberger (Berkman Fellow), Jessamyn C. West (Librarian), Cathy Norton (Woods Hole Institute Library)
Location: Pound Hall Room 102

== Session 2 Working Groups, 1:45p.m.-3:30p.m. ==

The Digital Identity of UNIVERSITY
With digital tools such as message boards, social networks, and search engines making University and its clients' identities more public than ever, navigating the integrated media landscape for students and other members of University has become increasingly difficult. In a world where anonymous postings can have lasting effects on the professional and personal lives of students, and when University clients and their digital identities can be expressions of the University as a whole, this workshop will focus on how we begin to navigate this space and how we form the digital identity of University.
Facilitators: John Clippinger (Berkman Center Fellow), Chris Kelly (, Anthony Ciolli (AutoAdmit)
Location: Pound Hall Room 107

Suits brought against members of University by the RIAA bring up issues revolving around the role and identity of University and copyright. Universities are being asked to absorb financial and non-monetary costs of the record companies' enforcement. Is this enforcement also compromising student privacy? Does this limit access to genuine educational resources? How do we provide opportunities for new creative expression through digital mediums?
Facilitator: Wendy Seltzer (Berkman Fellow), Doc Searls (Berkman Fellow), Lewis Hyde (Berkman Fellow)
Location: Pound Hall Room 102

Open Access at UNIVERSITY - OpenCourseWare and Beyond
MIT's OpenCourseWare, along with numerous other University-lead open access learning initiatives, has revealed the world's thirst for open access knowledge and learning. What have we learned from previous efforts, and how and in what ways can Universities harness the potential of making their course material open access? How do we give knowledge, once put online, a sense of “life" - how do we make it “living" knowledge to be shared and developed with learners around the world?
Facilitator: Anne Margulies (MIT OpenCourseWare), Marshall Smith (Hewlett Foundation), Elizabeth Stark (Founder, Harvard Free Culture Club and HLS 3L), Joel Thierstein (Executive Director, Rice University Connexions)
Location: Pound Hall Room 101

UNIVERSITY Relationship Building - Power, Funding and Transparency
The relationships between University and business, philanthropy, government and other funding sources grow increasingly complex as all these entities enter into relationships that are meant to fund knowledge creation. As each party in University relationships has their own goals, what steps need to be taken to build more fruitful bonds? How do the relationships change as the mode of knowledge dissemination leans toward open access models? How is funding negotiated, and how can the integrity of the produced work be maintained? How will UNIVERSITY help fund and construct its and our open domain? The working group will discuss the creation of a set of norms that will balance the interests across the range of disciplines at University.
Facilitator: John Wilbanks (Science Commons) Christopher Mackie (Mellon Foundation)
Location: Pound Hall Room 200

Social and Cultural UNIVERSITY Communities Online and Off
How can University sponsored events leverage their reach, build communities and keep the conversations going after the conference ends? Using as a case study the Dred Scott conference held by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice in April, we will discuss how history relates to the present and future. We will consider how the internet and new technologies can help universities as they work to convene social and cultural gatherings (as opposed to purely academic).

Facilitator: David Harris (Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice), Dan Gillmor (Berkman Fellow, Darby DeChristopher (Harvard Law School AV)
Location: Pound Hall Room 100