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W335·DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Open Access and Open Educational Resources: The Internet’s Growing Role in Scientific Communication and EducationDist. Lecture Engineering Libraries Division and Graduate Studies Division
Wed. June 26, 2013 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
A305, Georgia World Congress Center
Engineers have been at the forefront of two movements for change inspired by the Internet's growth: the movements for Open Access and the Open Educational Resources. They were launched by advocates who realized that the open web is the best platform for sharing the results of scientific and scholarly research and the resources used for learning in both formal and informal settings. MIT, Rice University, Carnegie Mellon University and others have played leading roles in promoting use of the open Internet. The past decade has seen significant progress for both movements, but much work remains to be done before the Internet’s full potential for improving scholarly communication and the use of educational resources has been realized. In particular, intellectual property issues have loomed large.
Professor Carroll will describe the goals of each movement, their history to date, and the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead for better adapting scholarly and educational publishing to the Internet’s potential. As an expert in intellectual property law, he will explain the role of the law in current publishing practices and how open licenses are critical components of both Open Access and Open Educational Resources. His talk will also discuss the relationship between the research literature and the materials used in massively open online courses (MOOCs) that have grown rapidly in the past year. The talk should be of interest to any engineer engaged in teaching or research.
American University, Washington College of Law
Michael Carroll is a Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law. His research and teaching specialties are intellectual property law and cyberlaw, focusing on the search for balance over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides standardized legal and technical tools that enable legal sharing of cultural, educational, scientific and other copyrighted works.
Professor Carroll also is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue. In addition, he serves on the National Research Council's Board on Research Data and Information, is an Academic Fellow of the Center for Democracy and Technology and is a member of the Advisory Board to Public Knowledge.
Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Carroll practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He received his A.B. (Anthropology), with general honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.
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