Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Science Commons

A captivating video promotes Science Commons, which

applies the Creative Commons philosophy and methodology to the world of scientific research. We leverage the existing CC infrastructure: open licenses for copyrighted works, commons deeds and metadata, international affiliations and more. We also extend the infrastructure into science where appropriate — creating CC-inspired contract suites for materials like cell lines or mice, or building open source platforms for knowledge management and data visualization. Part of our role is to serve as a social engineering group for scientists, and part attorney arguing on behalf of the public domain in science.
 Our aim is to clear the legal and technical pathway for accelerating discovery worldwide.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Edited volume on biobanks

The edited volume Ethical Issues in Governing Biobanks. Global Perspectives (Elger, Biller-Andorno, Mauron & Capron, eds., Ashgate 2008) is now available in print. I contributed with chapters on feedback to research participants, ownership of samples and data, public domain sharing and patents, and transfer of samples and data.
Link to table of contents.
Link to introduction.
Link to index.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The financial crisis

Interesting radio interview on the financial crisis. Here is the link to Jeff Frankel's Weblog.