8:45 AM
REGISTRATION (FREE) Please register online.
You may also register the morning of the conference in the Donald P. Corbett Building if room permits.

You may register your laptop for wireless access during the conference with the following account: ID=coic PW=2004coic. Then restart your computer.
9:00 AM
Dr. Robert Kennedy, President, University of Maine
A welcome to the conference from the University administration, Room 100, Donald P. Corbett Building.
10:00 AM
Universities, the Internet, and the Intellectual Commons
Hal Abelson
Faculty at universities are the major source of the new knowledge published in academic journals. Yet much of this knowledge is not available to others on the campuses from which it originated due to skyrocketing costs of academic journals and new types of licensing controls made possible by digital technology. Is there a way for universities to effectively capture and maintain the intellectual output of their faculties for the benefit of faculty and students on their own campuses, and of the general public? One promising answer to that question is called DSpace.
11:30 AM
What is Open Access and How Can Scholars Provide Open Access to Their Own Work?
Peter Suber
It is fine and well to discuss open access to scholarly information but in the real world, some claim, faculty need to publish in prestigious journals to both advance knowledge and to advance their own careers. Are there new ways available today that faculty can better control how their work is disseminated and, at the same time, advance their careers? This session will focus on new publishing alternatives for scholars.
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Making a Living Through Open Access: Copyleft and Comparative Advantage
Jim Campbell, Convener
Theodore Coladarci, Panelist
For content creators to get their work to the public, there have always been publishers and distributors who set prices and control the channels of distribution. Will the internet cut these content distributors out of the loop, or will they become even more powerful gatekeepers to who has access to music, news, novels, and information in the digital age? Are there economic models that allow both open access and economic viability for creators and distributors? This session will explore some ways in which open access can actually provide a competitive business advantage.
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11:30 AM-
1:00 PM
"Lunch 'n License" Hands-on Workshops
While eating lunch in the Memorial Union, sit down at any table with a "CC" sign to get a hands-on demonstration of applying a Creative Commons license to your own online work. Facilitators with wireless laptops, supervised by Creative Commons Deputy Director Neeru Paharia, will guide you step-by-step through the process of selecting and applying a license.

You may register your laptop for wireless access during the conference with the following account: ID=coic PW=2004coic. Then restart your computer.
2:00 PM
Copyright and Alternatives to Copyright: Why Now?
Rita Heimes
Copyright has been part of the American legal system for over 200 years. Why has there been such a ferment about open access and alternatives to traditional copyright in the past five years? Is it true that “digital changes everything,” even how copyright functions? This session will review recent changes to (primarily) U.S. copyright law, the implications of those changes for creators and users, and why alternatives are springing up to traditional copyright.
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4:00 PM

From the Library Perspective: the Impact Factors of Open Access
Marilyn Lutz, Convener
Jean-Claude Guédon
The price of academic journals has been increasing at a rate far in excess of the Consumer Price Index. Libraries are paying more each year to access a steadily declining portion of the scholarship and knowledge that the academy creates. If this economic dilemma continues, it will deny scholars access to the information they need, and to the ability to distribute their work to the worldwide audience it deserves. This session will explore how open access can be a catalyst for rethinking and changing the scholarly communication process from the perspectives of libraries, authors, and publishers.
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Creators and the Commons: Why and How to Share
Jon Ippolito, Convener
Neeru Paharia
Tim Whidden
Joline Blais
Dylan Suzanne
Now that the music labels have sued 6,000 college kids and universities are spending more on anti-plagiarism software than on student art exhibitions, you'd think young people would finally grok the message that sharing is bad. But as this session demonstrates, a cadre of dedicated artists, musicians, and activists are offering digital creators an end-run around broadcast flags and RIAA summonses--from a CD by renowned musicians who encourage sampling to an online environment for sharing art and code to a semantic search engine for remixable art and video. Participants include Creative Commons Deputy Director Neeru Paharia, Internet artist Tim Whidden, Still Water Co-founder Joline Blais, and philosopher Dylan Suzanne
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4:45 PM
The Practical Commons: Viability and Next Steps
Harlan Onsrud
Drawing on the experiences of the conference, this session will look ahead to explore how an effective working commons can be created. A particular focus of the session will be on the steps that would be necessary to make the University of Maine a national model for open access to the knowledge and information generated on the campus.
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Sponsored by the University of Maine Information Science Collaborative, Fogler Library, Technology Law Center of the University of Maine School of Law, Still Water and other organizations concerned with preserving and expanding access to digital information. For more information contact James Campbell at campbell@spatial.maine.edu