The First COMMUNIA Conference 2008 is scheduled for Monday 30 June and
Tuesday 1st July 2008 in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (30 km south of
Brussels). It is co-organized by the Communia Thematic Network and the
The main theme is the Assessment of economic and social impact of
digital public domain throughout Europe.
The Conference aims at initiating a "stock taking exercise" of the
impact of public domain initiatives in the fields of public sector
information, libraries, archives, scientific research and creative
works in Europe. The event is mainly aimed at promoting the public
domain by building capacity for scientific assessment of social and
economic impacts, and promoting analysis of legal impediments. The
conference will draw upon the extensive information on open access
practices that is available, although often in an informal manner,
within major networks and stakeholders in Europe.
The following issues will be specifically addressed during the conference:
- What are the objectives of the open access commons?
- What are the existing legal, institutional and normative mechanisms
that are adopted in different open access initiatives in the fields of
public sector information, libraries, archives and creative works in
- How to assess the economic and social impact of selected cases ?
We welcome papers submission particularly related to the following topics:
1. Libraries and archives
2. Public sector Information
3. Creative works
4. Scientific research
5. Publishing intermediaries
6. Emerging Issues
1. The aim of the call for papers is threefold: to build a
repertory about the usage of open access licenses (under different
forms) in EU,
2. to evaluate social and economic benefits of open access initiatives, and
3. to discuss proposals for mitigating economic and legal obstacles.