ICommons 20008 Summit

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The fourth global iSummit will be held in Sapporo, Japan from 29 July to 1 August, 2008. iCommons in association with Digital Garage, Creative Commons Japan and the City of Sapporo will bring together pioneers of the free Internet from over 60 countries around the world.

Developed in collaboration with the iCommons community, the iSummit ‘08 represents an exploration of the emerging opportunities for co-ownership, co-creation and the widespread distribution and sharing of knowledge, ideas and creativity in the digital age.

Information about the Application


A lab is a space dedicated to a specific theme, project, or medium, and is an overarching ‘track’ that will run during the iSummit programme. Different session formats will take place within the labs. When submitting your session idea for the iSummit ‘08, you should choose a lab that best suits the theme of your proposal.

Open Education: A track dedicated to knowledge-sharing among open education practitioners and the development of new global initiatives to spread open educational tools, policies and practice to countries around the world. To connect with this lab’s participants, join the mailing list at: http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/icic

ccjp_icon.jpgCreative Commons Japan: A Japanese-language track coordinated by the ccJapan team to debate and discuss the commons in relation to Japan, and to plan how to spread ideas about Free Culture and the Commons.

Open Business: A track designed to both introduce newcomers to the basic concepts of open business tools and practices such as the newly-launched CC+ protocol as well as to collaborate on new global initiatives that will further the goals of the open business community. To connect with this lab’s participants, join the mailing list at: http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/isummitbusiness

Commons research: A track dedicated to the ‘First International Research Workshop on Free Culture’. This lab will gather academics and researchers who are interested in furthering scholarship in the Commons and Free Culture, providing a space for them to share the results of their work and develop ideas for further collaboration. To connect with this lab’s participants, join the mailing list at: http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/commons-research

Local context global commons: A track that will showcase regional and local approaches to the concept of Free Culture around the world - and will highlight initiatives such as Wikipedia and Global Voices that are developing innovative approaches to the localisation of global projects. To connect with this lab’s participants, join the mailing list at: http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/isummitglobalcommons

DIY video: A track that will showcase (through screenings), discuss and analyse (through screening discussions) the intersection between the Commons and do-it-yourself video production around the world. To connect with this lab’s participants, join the mailing list at: http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/isummitvideo

Feel free to subscribe to any of the lab mailing lists that are of interest to you. Join the list to decide which lab would best suit your submission proposal. The lab list will be used to coordinate between participants of the lab and to introduce lab participants to one another, to develop specific goals for the overarching labs and to discuss next steps after the iSummit. Once you have subscribed to a lab list, introduce yourself and your programme idea to other participants.

Session Format Options

Your programme submission can take on any one of the following session formats. Please select your chosen format in the programme submission system, and keep this format in mind when writing your session description.

1. Presentation Bonanza: Each presenter is allowed a slide show of 15 images, each shown for 25 seconds. This forces presenters to keep it short and to the point and it allows the audience to absorb a greater range of information. There will be six participants per session and these session formats will be held after lunch, in one hour slots. Conversation will take place in the tea break that follows the session.

2. Workshop: A ‘how-to’ presentation with a learning outcome that takes participants through the mechanics and processes of a particular solution/community, etc. For example, a workshop on CC+ for business would start with a how to presentation for 50 percent of the time, followed by a group discussion on particular business cases, followed by a presentation of the key opportunities and challenges. Please specify whether you would like to fill a 90 or 60 minute session slot, in your submission description.

3. Panel Discussion: Presentation by panelists (maximum four panelists) on a particular question or reference work (article, paper etc.) followed by a discussion around a set of three to five questions or statements about the work.

4. Poster Session: Traditionally, poster sessions are one-dimensional paper presentations where someone illustrates a particular product, research question, service etc. and explains it to passers-by. The iSummit poster sessions in the conversation break areas and are different in that they invite people to showcase video (using a screen and video projector), applications (using a laptop computer on a table) and traditional posters (not smaller than A2 in size). The poster sessions will take place during the conversation breaks, which are 30 minutes each, and participants using this session format will be required to prepare for only one of these conversation breaks (refer to programme structure for the conversation break times).

5. Sprint: A session in which participants collaborate in the generation of a pre-defined output. For example: A sprint to develop a set of the most instructive resources for video producers to learn about their fair use/dealing rights when making a video/film. This will entail the production of a resource during the session that can be made available to interested parties afterwards.

6. Video: Audiovisual material that relates to the Commons or to any aspect of free/independent cultural production around the world and the discussion thereof, preferably with the film maker.

7. Speedgeeking: All the presenters are arranged in a large circle along the edge of the room. The audience is divided into groups of six to seven members per presenter. One person acts as the facilitator. The facilitator rings a bell to start proceedings. Once proceedings start, the audience splits up into their groups and each group goes to one of the presenters. Presenters have five minutes to give their presentation and answer questions. At the end of the five minutes, the facilitator rings a bell. At this point, each group moves over to the presenter to their right and the timer starts once again. The session ends when every group has attended all the presentations.

8. Podium: Keynotes and research paper presentations.

9. Meeting: Gatherings in rooms allocated to spontaneous gatherings for focused discussion during the event.

10. Contest: A competition with a defined goal that will further the Commons, and a chance to win a prize.

11. Other: If you would like to propose a process that runs over a number of sessions, the iSummit team will assist in the development and running of this process.


Criteria for Submissions The following four goals for the iSummit 2008 will be the criteria by which submissions are reviewed:

1. Learn: The iCommons iSummit should be a place of dynamic learning for both new participants and seasoned commoners.

2. Connect: A diverse group of participants should be given meaningful opportunities to connect and network with one another and the iSummit should be an opportunity to promote conversation between Japan and the rest of the world.

3. Collaborate: The iSummit should provide an opportunity for participants to get to know each other’s work and collaborate in meaningful ways that contribute to the growing global momentum that the Commons is gathering.

4. Showcase: The iSummit should be a well packaged showcase of new developments in Free Culture, placed within the wider evolution of cultural practice.

Content of Submissions

  • Before submitting your idea on the online submissions system, decide which lab your proposed session falls under. A lab is a space dedicated to a specific theme, project, or medium. To find out about the labs available at the iSummit, read more here.
  • Also put some thought into the format of your proposed session. Different formats are encouraged so as to add to the diversity of activities available at the iSummit. Read about the session formats here.
  • When submitting the abstract or summary of your proposed session, provide an overview of the subject matter of your session and how you see it contributing to the goals of the iSummit.
  • When submitting the description of your proposed session, please provide details on how you are going to run your session i.e. what is going to happen.
  • You are now ready to submit your session idea on the online submission system.

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