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Aaron Swartz is the person to thank for making podcasts possible. Back in Aaron Swartz, Open Library. Photo by Jacob Applebaum1990, at the age of 14, he co-authored the RSS specification and later contributed to the RDF core.

Aaron in currently technical lead at The Open Library, a project with the objective of making "all published works of humankind available to everyone in the world". Although this is an ambitious effort, the value is very obvious. A critical part of education is access to knowledge. It could be argued that community progress depends on universal access to all knowledge, and this is what The Open Library aims to do.

Aaron Swartz joins me for this week's Open Views to talk about the Open Library's objectives and challenges. Join me on Tuesday 12/11 at 7pm or Thursday 12/13 at 7am.

Sriram Kosuri, OpenWetwareThis week on Open Views Sriram Kosuri, from the OpenWetware project joins me to talk about open source and collaboration models in the nascent field of synthetic biology and biotechnology in general.

Sriram is currently on the Steering Committe and the Board of Directors for OpenWetWare.

OpenWetWare is an effort to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and wisdom among researchers and groups who are working in biology & biological engineering. The initiative aims to foster greater collaboration between member groups, lower the barriers to sharing and dissemination of knowledge in biological research, and to explore how open publication platforms like OpenWetWare can tie into existing reward structures in research.

Join me on Tuesday at 7pm and Thursday at 7am as Sriram Kosuri shares his experiences with free and open models in biotechnology, and how they relate to the free culture and open source worlds.

Christine HaroldThis week's episode of Open Views is a talk from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society's Luncheon Series.

This talk is by Christine Harold, author of OurSpace: Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture, and currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Communications at the University of Washington.

Christine Harold's talk is entitled “Inventing Publics: Kairos and Intellectual Property Law”, and was presented at the Berkman Center Luncheon on November 9th. The talk explores the possibilities of the “open content” movement, specifically the licensing model offered by Creative Commons, as a productive alternative to other prevalent responses to the corporate hoarding of cultural resources.

Matthew Todd, Synaptic LeapThe Synaptic Leap is a project started by Ginger Taylor aiming to create enabling systems to make open source, collaborative development straightforward for biomedical researchers. The project bills itself as "Open Biomedical Research", and this is the topic of this week's show.

This week on Open Views I'm joined by Dr. Matthew Todd, lecturer in organic chemistry at the University of Sydney in Australia. Dr. Todd's work in drug discovery for tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis is internationally recognized. He is also a proponent of the use of the Free/Open Source model for doing biomedical research in areas such as tropical diseases and biochemistry.


Dr. Matthew Todd is currently a research advisor at The Synaptic Leap, and we'll be talking about what Open Source in bio-medicine really means, how it is implemented, and what the impact of the Free/Open model is in biomedical research.

Matthew Cockerill, Biomed CentralThis week on Open Views I'm joined by Dr. Matthew Cockerill from BioMedCentral, a commercial Open Access publisher. BioMedCentral has a portfolio of 182 journals, a combination of both general titles such as the Journal of Biology, and much more specialized such as Malaria Journal and Biomedcentral Bioinformatics. All the research published by BioMed Central's journals is open access, but BioMed Central also provides access to various additional products and services that require a subscription. BioMed Central also operates Open Repository, a hosted digital repository solution for institutions.

In many ways Biomedcentral is experimenting with the different business models necessary for the new world of Open Access to work in a commercial setting. But having been in operation since 1999, it has definitely proven that the model of Open Access has commercial viability.

Matthew Cockerill started off as Biomedcentral's first employee, back in 1999, and has since served in several roles: technical director, operations director, and now Publisher, which is essentially like the managing director. He agreed to a conversation to talk about his work at BiomedCentral, and also the relevance of the Open Access model in an interconnected world.

Join me at 7pm on Tuesday and 7am on Thursday.

Peter SuberProfessor Peter Suber joins me this week on Open Views for an in-depth look at some of the historical background for Open Access, the current state of OA around the world, and the challenges posed by traditional publishing companies.

Peter Suber is currently Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge, a Washington DC based public interest group working to defend your rights in the emerging digital culture.

He is also Senior Researcher at The Scholarly Publication and Academic Research Coalition (SPARC), and Research Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Earlham College in Richmond Indiana.

Suber was the principal drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and sits on the Steering Committee of the Scientific Information Working Group of the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society, the Advisory Board of American Library Association Information Commons, and the Board of Governors of the International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publishing.

He has been active in promoting open access for many years through his research, writing, speaking, and other forms of advocacy.

See also: Richard Poynder's recent interview with Prof. Suber, and Suber's Open Access Newsletter

Joi ItoMy guest this week on Open Views is Joichi Ito, Chairman of Creative Commons and Chairman of Six Apart Japan.

Joi has received much recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan, and provided the initial venture capital (through his venture firm Neoteny Corp.) to Six Apart, the company that created Movable Type, Typepad and now owns LiveJournal.

He is on the board of Technorati, Digital Garage, WITNESS, Pia Corporation, Socialtext and iCommons. In October of 2004, he was named to the board of ICANN for a three-year term starting December 2004. In August of 2005, he joined the board of the Mozilla Foundation. He also served on the board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) from March 2005 until April 2007.

As this all makes clear, Joi Ito is a serial entreprenuer and also a prolific Free Culture activist. He joins me on Open Views to talk about his work with Free Culture both in a global and Japanese context.

Roland Wells

Join me on this week's show as KRUU founders Roland Wells and James Moore chat with me about what our Open Radio mission has been about, what we've accomplished and what we have in store for the next 365 days.

It's been an amazing year, and KRUU is, by pretty much all accounts, a great radio station. So this week we'll be talking about the people who have contributed to the station's success, the projects we've managed to make relatively stable, and things we wish we had had the time to finish before blowing out the big candle for our 1st birthday.

Heather Ford, by Joi ItoHeather Ford is a South African who has worked in the fields of Internet policy, law and management in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. She is the Executive Director of iCommons, a UK private charitable corporation.

Incubated by Creative Commons,
iCommons is an organisation with a broad vision to develop a united
global commons front by collaborating with open education, access to
knowledge, free software, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world.

Heather joins me on Open Views to talk about her work at iCommons, the challenges of leading an international Free Culture organization, and Free Culture in South Africa.

Doc Searls is one of the co-authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as we know it, and Senior Editor of Linux Journal.

Doc Searls joined me for a conversation about the Cluetrain Manifesto, the world of Free and Open Source software, and the general landscape of technology and collaboration.

In the May 07 issue of Linux JournaI, Searls wrote this about Fairfield's grassroots community station KRUU-FM:

"I listen to a lot of radio online and I don't know of a station that's more committed to free software and open-source values than this little station... I listen to it in Santa Barbara and it's already one of my faves."

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