14.0010 'The 10,000-year Library'; Copyright Town Meetings

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 10.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Stephen Clark <srlclark@liverpool.ac.uk> (93)
             Subject: The Long Now

       [2] From: "David L. Green" <david@ninch.org> (131)
             Subject: COPYRIGHT TOWN MEETINGS; NYC Meeting Report Available;
                     Final Meeting: Baltimore, May 18

             Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 04:46:49 +0100
             From: Stephen Clark <srlclark@liverpool.ac.uk>
             Subject: The Long Now

    From: http://www.longnow.org/

    Great Minds to Discuss '10,000-year Library'

    The Long Now Foundation and Stanford University Libraries announced they
    will hold an invitational conference, "The 10,000-year Library," June 30 -
    July 2, 2000 on the Stanford campus sponsored by the Lazy Eight Foundation.
    Two dozen confirmed participants - including Elizabeth Niggeman head of the
    German National Library; cuneiform expert William Hallo of Yale University;
    leading innovators in high-tech, such as Brewster Kahle the creator of the
    Internet Archive, an extraordinary Native American anthropologist Dave
    Warren; Council on Library and Information Resources director Deanna
    Marcum; and others -will join the Long Now board (Michael A. Keller, Danny
    Hillis, Stewart Brand, Brian Eno, Paul Saffo, Kevin Kelly, Peter Schwartz,
    and Doug Carlston) and librarians to deliberate on the permanence of
    information and the nature and need for long-term thinking about it. (See
    complete list of current attendees at the bottom of this page.)

    In a time of accelerating technology, accelerating history, and a dangerous
    shortening of civilization's attention span, the role of libraries becomes
    deeper than ever. Libraries need to be rethought in the new context and in
    the light of civilization's now-global and very long term responsibilities.
    Some new initiatives need to be set in motion. The conference participants
    will address needed directions for such initiatives. According to Stewart
    Brand, co-chairman of the Long Now board, "We want to jump-start some
    serious, collaborative thinking about how to see information - the real
    narrative of civilization - in very long-term ways. We're talking in part
    about technology, but it goes much deeper, right to the root of why we are
    here, what we're doing, and what kind of legacy do we want to leave to our
    descendents and to their successors."

    "Stewardship of cultural content is the essential role of research
    libraries," says Stanford University Librarian Michael A. Keller. "Serious
    players in this field have always collected, organized, and preserved
    information - OK, books, mostly - on behalf of future generations, but up
    to now, we haven't really thought seriously about how many such
    generations, or how to think about the mission in terms of thousands of
    years. Digital information technologies, with their notorious instability,
    force us to reassess how we go about fulfilling this mission hereafter. So
    we are an interested party. But nobody knows what the important questions
    are, to say nothing of solutions. This conference will be tremendously
    valuable in helping to pose the right questions." Adds Brand, "The issues
    are pan-disciplinary, so the group we're bringing together is as broad as
    we can make it with a small group."

    The format will be similar to what Long Now used successfully in 1998 at
    the Getty Center in Los Angeles with a related conference called "Time &
    Bits: Managing Digital Continuity." The participants will meet for dinner
    and introductions Friday evening; scheme and probe all day Saturday; spell
    out next steps Sunday morning, and sum up and for a public audience Sunday
    afternoon. The public event - for invited press, scholars, technologists,
    and others - will also include a question & answer session. (Details about
    the public event will be announced later.) Delivered at the conference will
    be the first prototype of the 'Rosetta Disk' also being produced under the
    Lazy Eight Foundation Grant. This modern Rosetta will be a micro-etched
    nickel two inch disk which will include all the worlds translations of the
    book of Genesis written at a scale to be read by microscopes. Expected
    outcomes of the conference will be a publication and paths toward
    subsequent conferences, whose topics should emerge from this conference.
    There may be recommendations to specific institutions of actions to pursue.

    The Long Now Foundation was officially established in 01996 to develop the
    10,000-Year Clock and 10,000-Year Library projects as well as to become the
    seed of a very long term cultural institution. It has been nearly 10,000
    years since the end of the last ice age and the beginnings of civilization.
    Progress during that time was often measured on a "faster/cheaper" scale.
    The Long Now Foundation seeks to promote "slower/better" thinking and to
    focus our collective creativity on the next 10,000 years. One of its
    related projects is development of the Rosetta Disk, a long-term linguistic
    archive and translation engine that allows for the recovery of "lost"
    languages in the deep future, the storage technology for which is a 2"
    nickel disk which records analog text and images at densities up to 350,000
    pages per disk, with a life expectancy of 2,000-10,000 years. For more
    information about the Long Now Foundation: http://www.longnow.org/

    Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SUL/AIR)
    develops and implements resources and services within the University
    libraries and academic technology units that support research and
    instruction. With collections containing over seven million volumes and
    numerous of archival, manuscript, map, media, government document, database
    and serial materials among its fourteen libraries, SUL/AIR coordinates with
    Stanford's Business, Law, Medical, and SLAC libraries and the Hoover
    Institution to provide comprehensive information resources to the Stanford
    Community. The Academic Information Resources division provides
    information-technology support and instruction and network services to the
    entire campus community, whether in the library or in the dorm. SUL/AIR's
    HighWire Press division provides advanced online publication and access
    services to over 170 of the world's leading peer-reviewed scholarly
    journals in science, technology, and medicine, and thus is significantly
    involved in the provision of information to the world's research and
    academic communities. For more information about the Stanford Libraries:

    The Lazy Eight Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization
    dedicated to promoting research and development in the sciences and
    education. It supports efforts to bring together scientists, artists, and
    educators across disciplines, with a focus on projects that offer creative
    solutions to educational, social and environmental problems. The Lazy Eight
    Foundation works with its "Lazers," individuals from a broad range of
    disciplines who advise the Foundation on various projects. For more
    information about the Lazy Eight Foundation: http://www.lazy8.org

             Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 04:48:08 +0100
             From: "David L. Green" <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: COPYRIGHT TOWN MEETINGS; NYC Meeting Report Available;
    Final Meeting: Baltimore, May 18

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community

    May 9, 2000

                             NINCH COPYRIGHT TOWN MEETINGS

                          New York City Meeting Report Available

                             Baltimore Meeting: May 18, 2000
                    American Association of Museums Annual Conference
                        "Copyright Confusion? Community Guides.

    A report is now available on the third in the NINCH series of six town
    meetings on COPYRIGHT & THE CULTURAL COMMUNITY, held in New York City. This
    report joins those on the first two town meetings, held at the Chicago
    Historical Society and at Syracuse University. Reports on the meetings held
    at the Triangle Research Libraries Network in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    and at the Visual Resources Association conference in San Francisco, will
    be available shortly.

    The last meeting in the series will be held on Thursday May 18 from 2pm to
    4:45pm at the annual convention of the American Association of Museums at
    the Baltimore Convention Center (Rooms 321-323).

    Please Note: Members of the public wishing to attend the Baltimore Town
    Meeting but not registered for the AAM Convention should leave their names
    (by eob Tues. May 16) at 202-296-5346, or email them to david@ninch.org for
    free admission to the town meeting.

                                    * * *

    NEW YORK CITY: "The Tug of War between Faculty, University, and Publisher
    for Rights to the Products of Contemporary Education."

    A report is now available on the NEW YORK CITY COPYRIGHT & FAIR USE TOWN
    MEETING, co-sponsored by the College Art Association and held at its annual
    conference, February 26, 2000. This was the third in this series of six
    town meetings on COPYRIGHT & THE CULTURAL COMMUNITY, organized by NINCH,
    with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

    The opening paper by Christine Sundt, "Been There. Done That!," reviewing
    the community's history of wrestling with intellectual property issues over
    the past five years is available at
    <http://www.ninch.org/copyright/townmeetings/nycsundt.html> as well as at
    her own website, <http://libweb.uoregon.edu/aaa/vrc/CAAcls.htm>.

    Three speakers engaged the topic of the ownership of university faculty
    production. Jane Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and
    Artistic Property Law, Columbia University Law School, focused on two
    current cases that test the extent to which professors have the right and
    the ability to control the dissemination of their classroom performances.
    Sanford Thatcher, Director of the Pennsylvania State University Press,
    reviewed the success of a Pennsylvania State University task force to
    create guidelines to clarify ownership issues on campus. Rodney Petersen,
    Director of Policy and Planning at the University of Maryland's Office of
    Information Technology, shared his discoveries about intellectual property
    policies at research universities, and, based on his campus experiences,
    advised focusing on parties' needs and interests rather than gross
    ownership of intellectual property.

    Questions, comments and discussion were far-ranging, including the issues
    of museums' ownership of copyright, the "Ditto.com" case, distance
    education, licensing, and the familiar issue of the legality of copy

                                    * * *

    BALTIMORE: "Copyright Confusion? Community Guides"

                            BALTIMORE: Thursday May 18, 2000
                    American Association of Museums Annual Conference
                        "Copyright Confusion? Community Guides.

    In the light of the failure of CONFU to produce guidelines accepted across
    the community for the fair use of copyrighted material, and as copyright
    issues continue to become increasingly complicated for practitioners, new
    guidelines are being produced from within the community to help answer many
    practical questions about managing and using online intellectual property.
    This Town Meeting will focus on the resource materials that have been
    developed by the American Association of Museums, the College Art
    Association and the Visual Resources Association to provide guidance on
    managing intellectual property. What questions do these guides answer and
    what guidance do they offer? What more is still needed by this community?
    What other practical resources are available? In the tradition of a town
    meeting there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

    A G E N D A

    Welcome and Brief Overview of Current Scene:
    * Barry Szczesny, Government Affairs Counsel and Assistant Director,
    Government and Public Affairs, American Association of Museums
    * Michael Shapiro, Private Attorney and Consultant to Arts and Cultural

    Overview of Town Meetings Series:
    * David Green, National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH).


    AAM's "Museum Guide to Copyright and Trademark"
    * Diane Zorich, Information Management Consultant

    VRA's "Image Collection Guidelines: The Acquisition and Use of Images in
    Non-Profit Educational Visual Resources Collections"
    * Kathe Albrecht, Visual Resources Curator, American University

    CAA's work-in-progress, the "Guidebook on Copyright for Artists and Art
    * Robert Baron, Independent Art Historian and Consultant



    With support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the National Initiative
    for a Networked Cultural Heritage is sponsoring a series of six Copyright
    Town Meetings for the cultural community during the year 2000.

    The series of day-long and half-day meetings builds on the popular 1997-98
    Town Meetings on Copyright & Fair Use, organized jointly with the American
    Council of Learned Societies and the College Art Association, which focused
    on the Conference on Fair Use and its aftermath.

    The 2000 series of Town Meetings will be held in Chicago, Syracuse, New
    York City, Chapel Hill, San Francisco and Baltimore and will be hosted by
    the Chicago Historical Society, Syracuse and Cornell Universities, the
    College Art Association, the Triangle Research Library Network (North
    Carolina), the Visual Resources Association and the American Association of

    Issues to be covered by the meetings include changes in copyright law as it
    affects working on-line; fair use and its on-line future; the status of the
    public domain; ownership and access of on-line copyrighted material;
    distance education; and the development and implementation of institutional
    and organizational copyright policies and principles.

    A hallmark of the Town Meetings will be the balance of expert opinion and
    audience participation. Speakers include, among others: Robert Baron,
    Howard Besser, Kathleen Butler, Kenneth Crews, Eric Eldred, Jane Ginsburg,
    Dakin Hart, Peter Hirtle, Tyler Ochoa, Rodney Petersen, Christine Sundt,
    Barry Szczesny, Sandy Thatcher, Richard Weisgrau and Diane Zorich.

    For full details on the Town Meetings, including information about
    registration and any admission fees, agendas and speakers as they are
    announced, as well as for later reports on the meetings, see

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