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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Two OA activists win Berkman Awards

Educators, Activists, Entrepreneurs, and Lawyers Win Berkman Awards for Internet Innovation, a press release from Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, May 19, 2008.  Excerpt:

...[R]ecipients of the Berkman Awards were chosen for their outstanding contributions to the Internet’s impact on society over the past decade.

The international group of winners was selected from an open nomination process and comes from a range of fields including human rights and global advocacy; academia; communications and media; and law. The five cash award winners received $10,000 with no conditions on how the funds must be spent....

[PS:  Focusing on the winners with an OA connection....]

Engineering professor Richard Baraniuk received a Berkman Award for founding Connexions at Rice University. Connexions lets teachers share digital texts and learning materials, modify them, and disseminate them online using a Creative Commons license. This free, open-source platform is a building block towards a system of open educational resources....

Carl Malamud received a Berkman Award for creating Public.Resource.Org. Malamud is making US case law and government documents freely available online. He has also made images from the Smithsonian freely available on the Flickr photo sharing site and pushed to get broadcast-quality video of all congressional committee hearings posted online by the end of the 110th Congress. He is working with the National Technical Information Service to digitize and put NTIS’ multimedia online. Malamud is making the work of governments more transparent and providing citizens around the world with greater access to legal information....

PS:  Congratulations to all seven winners:  Esra'a Al Shafei, Richard Baraniuk, John Breen, Jeffrey Cunard, Bruce Keller, Carl Malamud, and Noah Samara.  For background on the two with an OA connection, see the past OAN posts on Richard Baraniuk (and Connexions) and Carl Malamud (and Public.Resource.Org).