Preserving Quality in an Open Environment, Como, Grand Hotel Conference Centre

Preserving Quality in an Open Environment

Towards new contexts for sharing scholarly production and open content educational materials

Workshop at the Grand Hotel Conference Centre in Como, Sucota Room,
Italy – June 9, 2006 — The Open Culture Promoter Group,

In a Knowledge-based Society the organisation of research and education systems must have the ability to contribute with quality based contents and services in accordance with changes in the society. Specific emphasis is:

* on the development of an internal quality culture, strengthening institutional and community (as peer review) quality evaluation together with external evaluation processes;

* how to agree with common quality criteria and definition of roles involved for creating open collaboration framework (for example for e-learning, scholarly communication, etc.).

It is clear that we cannot naively rest and merely rely on the power of the ever more advancing high technology tools to successfully face such challenges. More efficient organizational frameworks for the production of knowledge components and for their sharing and reuse are to be devised and fine-tuned, together with aptly suited international laws to regulate authorship management and a stronger commitment to manage and assess quality of information.

Response to such challenges has been suggested in last decade by a variety of growing communities, rooted into a freely accessible digital infrastructure, experimenting peculiar collaborative methodologies and organizations aimed at designing, assembling, maintaining and delivering knowledge objects that are increasingly shifting the locus of innovation toward users. Of special relevance in this regard are the open access and the open content movements, for which, although rules governing the conduct of participants are still evolving and somewhat unclear, common ground can be summarized by the following principles:

* Knowledge cannot be considered only an exclusive property of you as discoverer.

* Spreading out your work under the least restrictions as possible will result in larger impact: larger audience, larger influence, more citations and references to your work.

Therefore, many people involved in open communities feel that benefits will follow releasing knowledge materials with permission to copy, re-use and distribute, in terms of feedback from peers and on the financial side as well.

The workshop offers the opportunity to discuss some structural changes in the mechanisms of knowledge creation and cultural growth that could be induced by a proper use of the information technologies, paying special attention to quality aspect

Programme Chairs

Paolo Pumilia ([email protected])
Anna Maria Tammaro ([email protected])
Andrea Molinari ([email protected])
Gino Colazzo ([email protected])

Archiving policy and publication of the Proceedings:
Fabrizia Bevilacqua ([email protected]), Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Medievale, Via D’Azeglio, 85 I-43100 PARMA

Preliminary Programme

Opening Plenary – Overview on open content and open access

* 9:00 Registration and welcome

* 9:30 From open source to open content – introduction to the open culture promoters group – Paolo Pumilia

* 10:00 Learning designs and pedagogy for open content, Graham Attwell – Director of the Welsh independent research institute, Pontydysgu

* 10:30 User Generated Content in Education A BBC Perspective, George Auckland – Head of Innovation, BBC Learning and Interactive

* 11:00 Open Access repositories, Paola Gargiulo – CASPUR (Italian Consortium for Super-computing Applications for University and Research)

* 11:30 coffee break

* 11:45 Cultural Heritage management, Antonia Recchia and Rossella Caffo, General Directorate for technological innovation, The Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities

* 12:15 General Discussion

* 13:00 Lunch

Birds of a feather (BOF) sessions

* 14:00 The Wealth of Experience, Andrius Kulikauskas –
Minciu Sodas

* 14:20 How open is open content production?, Alessandro Rossi – Trento Univ.

* 14:40 Attendees who want to get together with others who share their interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds are invited to participate to the three “Birds of a Feather” sessions. These sessions will provide a casual atmosphere for people to meet, exchange ideas, and share information on the following areas:
– Scientific publishing
– e-Learning and open content
– Cultural heritage.

Summary session

* 17:00 Results of BOF sessions will be reported and discussed in a plenary session

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Su Giovanni d'Ammassa

Avvocato con studio in Milano dal 1997, coltiva sin dall'Università lo studio e l’insegnamento del diritto d’autore. Fonda nel 1999. Appassionato chitarrista e runner.