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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Introducing the Open Knowledge Commons

A webcast of Maura Marx's talk at Harvard today, The Open Knowledge Commons, is now available for downloading.  From the blurb:

This talk with Maura Marx, Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Commons, will introduce the OKC, a new organization born out of the Open Content Alliance and dedicated to advocacy for and development of an open digital library of human knowledge. In funding start-up operations for the Knowledge Commons the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation recognized the need to broaden the community's effectiveness beyond the research and development phase of mass digitization and to create a sustainable open digital library for scholarly and public use. This will be a very interactive session; comments and feedback on the OKC agenda will be encouraged and welcomed.

Maura most recently founded the Digital Library Program at the Boston Public Library and was instrumental in securing the Library's support of Open Content principles. She began her career in Europe doing development work in cultural heritage institutions and later worked in the U.S. technology sector before coming to libraries and the open content movement. She holds a B.A. in German from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College and an M.S.L.I.S. from Simmons College.