On Tuesday 18th February we organised a joint reading group session with colleagues from CCPR (normally branded as CREATe Studio). These reading groups are open to all PGRs and faculty. The topic of discussion was crowdfunding, an emergent activity in which project founders ask for a large number of small contributions from a community of online funders. It became clear over the course of lively discussion that there are a number of points of overlapping interest for researchers in both copyright and cultural policy.
Organised by Giancarlo Frosio and Estelle Derclaye, School of Law, University of Nottingham and funded by CREATe, this workshop attempted to gather the different stakeholders in the field of open access publishing, especially open academic publishing, with the double aim of presenting the research gaps identified in Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review and eliciting reactions, comments, criticisms and finding new research questions and areas to explore both theoretically and empirically.
Photos from the Day
Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review
Available as CREATe Working Paper 2014/1, Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review by Giancarlo Frosio under the supervision of Estelle Derclaye provided a backdrop to the day’s discussion.
The literature review was undertaken to ‘investigate the current trends, advantages, disadvantages, problems and solutions, opportunities and barriers in Open Access Publishing (OAP), and in particular Open Access (OA) academic publishing’. It could be neither fully comprehensive nor completely exhaustive. However, it did draw from a considerable breadth of inter-disciplinary sources (legal, economic and academic) as it is aimed at an inter-disciplinary audience and advocates inter-disciplinary solutions. It has identified four major Research Gap areas each with a number of sub-research topics. These are presented with a view to assist researchers and stakeholders frame investigations, studies, assessments, policies and new business models. The Review also seeks to invite elaboration on the identified Research Gaps and to stimulate the sharing of additional Gaps.
Summary of the Workshop
Ken Wilson, Doctoral Researcher at University of Nottingham’s School of Law has written a summary account of the workshop, which can be found on CREATe’s Blog.
Summary of the CREATe Workshop on Open Access Publishing
University of Nottingham
3 February 2014
by Ken Wilson (Doctoral Researcher, University of Nottingham School of Law)
To view the day’s programme, photographs, identified research gaps and copies of the day’s presentations, and to provide your own comments, please visit CREATe’s dedicated Open Access Publishing Stakeholders Event Resource Page.
Background to the Workshop
This workshop attempted to gather the different stakeholders in the field of open access publishing, especially open academic publishing, with the double aim of presenting the research gaps identified in Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review and eliciting reactions, comments, criticisms and finding new research questions and areas to explore both theoretically and empirically.
Martin Kretschmer, Director of CREATe, set the workshop in the context of CREATe’s mission to help the UK cultural and creative industries thrive and become innovation leaders within the global digital economy. To this end, he emphasised the importance of all stakeholders constructively formulating the way forward.
The Literature Review
At the outset, Giancarlo Frosio summarised the purpose, span, contents and limitations of the Literature Scope. His keynote was that the Review and workshop should be seen as an opportunity to map movement from the digital dark ages to the digital enlightenment in which the participation and co-operation of all stakeholders were essential for success.
Post by Tom Phillips (CREATe Research Associate, University of Edinburgh)
This won’t be readily apparent to all visitors to this website, but behind the scenes the CREATe team has done a fantastic job of providing an online resource for CREATe researchers to keep tabs on other projects – their outputs, aims, and current status. Such a rich resource means that one can keep abreast of other work occurring within the wider context of the project, and easily find contact details for researchers on similarly-themed projects in order to share ideas.
Yet despite this sterling work on the CREATe intranet, there is much to be said for getting researchers in a room together. Being in an academically stimulating environment – where instantaneous discussion can occur – allows for scholars to bounce off one another and actively make links between work that perhaps wouldn’t previously have been clear. The Creatives Research Resource Day held at the University of Glasgow on 31st January 2014 aimed to serve this very function, bringing together CREATe researchers in order to share experiences, methods, and ideas with one another.
Flappy Bird in Context: Using the ‘Games and Transmedia’ Workshop to Examine Gaming’s Current Phenomenon
Post by Tom Phillips (CREATe Research Associate, University of Edinburgh)
If you’ve been around a smartphone in the last few weeks, chances are you’ve played – or at least heard of – Flappy Bird. A free to play game available on iOS and Android, millions of users have become addicted to its simple gameplay: just tap to keep the bird afloat, and navigate your way between a series of pipes. Yet what seems relatively easy is actually fiendishly difficult, with a steep learning curve that proves infuriating, yet somehow keeps players coming back for more. Now a global phenomenon, Flappy Bird has reportedly been earning developer Dong Nguyen around $50,000 per day from in-game ad revenue, a remarkable turnaround for a game which was initially released to little fanfare in May 2013.
The thirteenth release in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available for download. Research Perspectives on the Public Domain, edited by Kris Erickson and Martin Kretschmer presents an edited transcript of the one-day event, ‘Research Perspectives on the Public Domain’, held at the University of Glasgow on 11th October, 2013. The public domain is a subject of vital interest to legal scholars, but its implications are far reaching – indeed, the public domain concept is germane to subjects as diverse as film and media studies, economics, political science and organisational theory.
First published on Charlie’s Diary (reproduced here with permission).
By Hugh Hancock, Artistic Director at Strange Company
One of the Hot Topics in the big media / tech crossover world recently has been data-driven storytelling. Wired breathlessly reported that Hollywood gurus have reverse-engineered a “formula for success” from audience data. Netflix has revealed its ability to data-mine genres that they already know their audience will like.
CREATe Director Prof. Martin Kretschmer spoke at an international workshop on copyright limitations and exceptions in the digital age at the Cegla Center for interdisciplinary research on the law, Tel Aviv University. The event was organised by Prof. Lionel Bently (Cambridge) and Prof. Michael Birnhack (Tel Aviv), both partners of the CREATe centre.
The gap between copyright law in the books and copyright law in action seems broader than ever before: the law protects copyright owners’ rights and limits users’ freedom to use works of authorship, and at the same time, users seem not to care too much about the law, and continue to download, upload, and share copyrighted material, without permission. The content industries advocate more enforcement so as to bridge this gap. A different approach is to delve into the source of the problem, and evaluate how the current law limits users in unnecessary ways. Here is where limitations and exceptions (L&E) enter the picture. Copyright law contains various such (L&E), sometimes conceptualized as users’ defences or users’ rights.
The twelfth release in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available for download. The Future Implications of the Usedsoft Decision by Paul L.C Torremans explores the impact of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision in the Usedsoft vs Oracle case, which concerned the marketing and redistribution of used software licenses.
(NEW: Presentation materials, feedback form, photos, and, social media reactions from the day.)
- A CREATe Capacity Building Event (also marking the 1st anniversary of CREATe’s formal launch!)
The aim of this internal CREATe workshop was to bring together all researchers within CREATe who are working on this topic and who are also employing a range of cognate methodologies, notably the interview but also a range of ethnographic approaches. This follows the CREATe’s long-term agenda to develop insights and debate beyond particular projects by highlighting common thematic interests and contrasting findings.
Reactions from the day