Global Information Commons for Science Initiative
Approved by the CODATA 26th General Assembly, Kyiv, 2008
(1) Impact of the current IPR regime and public domain policies on the scientific communities: analysis of the EC directives and the way they are implemented in the science communities, their impact on collaboration across the ERA, problems of lack of coordination among differing national approaches as a barrier to public domain initiatives.
(2) Alternative legal and technical regimes built by the scientific communities : use of common use licensing, copyleft licensing (how much software code in EU research is really open code), open access publishing ("some rights reserved" publishing for pre-print repositories, conference presentations etc.), evaluation of Digital Rights' Management (DRM).
(3) Public research institution's policies and practices for deposit of data and archiving of preprints and publicly funded research reports, dynamic distribution of metadata, and technical provision for preservation of the research record through standardisation of open formats and content migration.
(4) Data sharing in EU funded research: database federation in EU Research Infrastructures, common ontologies for data mining, harmonisation of privacy regulation for open access to content in biomedical research.
In its first 2 years, in order to expand these issues, the GICSI-EU Working Group successfully led discussions on behalf of CODATA in order to become a member of a European Thematic Network Agreement with the Politecnico of Turin, Italy on the "Public Domain in the Digital Age." This 36-partner project, known .as COMMUNIA, aims to build a network of organizations to become the single European point of reference for high-level policy discussion and strategic action for all issues relating to the public domain in the digital environment. COMMUNIA is funded for 3 years at a level of 1 million Euros from the European Commission. CODATA plans to take the lead on scientific data issues within this network, developing the themes mentioned above. It will work in collaboration with the UniversitC Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and Department of Economics "S. Cognetti de Martinis2'-University of Turin (DEPECONTUR).
Prof. Paul A. David
Stanford University, US & UNU-Merit, NL
Prof. Tom Dedeurwaerdere
Université Catholique de Louvain (co-chair)
Prof. Jean MicheI Dalle
Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris IV
Prof. Aldo Geuna
Università di Torino
Prof. Dietmar Harhoff
Prof. W. Edward Steinmueller
University of Sussex
Matthijs den Besten
University of Montpellier
Prof. Antoni Nowakowski
Extension of membership (from 2012, accepted):
University of the Andes, Colombia
Dr. Subbiah Arunachalam
Distinguished Fellow, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India