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Friday, June 22, 2007

SPARC will honor videos on info sharing

SPARC video contest to showcase student views on information sharing, a press release from SPARC, June 21, 2007.  Excerpt:

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced the first SPARC Discovery Awards, a contest that will recognize the best new short videos illustrating the importance of sharing information and ideas.

The contest...encourages new voices to join the public discussion of information policy in the age of the Internet. Contestants are asked to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively show the benefits of bringing down barriers to the free exchange of information. While designed for adoption as a college or high school class assignment, the SPARC Discovery Awards are open to anyone over the age of 13. Submissions will be accepted beginning in mid-July and must be received by December 2, 2007. Winners will be announced in January 2008.

The Winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 along with a “Sparky Award.” Two Runners Up will each receive $500 plus a personalized award certificate....All the award-winning videos will be publicly screened during the January 2008 American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia.

“The YouTube generation has a critical stake in how information can be used and shared on the Internet,” said SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph. “The SPARC Discovery Awards provide an outlet for their views and an opportunity for the rest of us to understand their perspectives. We hope these videos will help spark an expanded, informed, and energetic discussion.” ...

The contest takes as its inspiration a quote from George Bernard Shaw: “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” ...