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In this guest blog post, CREATe Fellow Kris Erickson (former director of postgraduate research at CREATe) discusses findings from his recently published study, which explores how creative firms use free and open materials to generate value. An enduring puzzle has animated my research for a number of years: ‘what inspires people to contribute their labour to an online community, when they don’t directly benefit from that contribution?’. We’ve seen people do this all over the web, on old-school discussion forums, news aggregators like Reddit, and social networking services like twitter. The collective labour of online communities generates $ billions in revenue for platforms that do little more than provide an opportunity for communities to share their work with one another. In … Continue reading
CREATe member and School of Law colleague Kristofer Erickson will present research at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on Friday 15th September. The title of Dr Erickson’s presentation, which emerges from research with colleagues Martin Kretschmer and Dinusha Mendis, funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office, is ‘Assessing the impact of derivative works: Evidence from the removal of music video parodies on YouTube’. The project examines rightsholder behavior by analysing the factors that contribute to a request to remove user-generated parody videos from YouTube. The new paper includes data about the takedown rate from our original sample, added in 2016 by CREATe collaborators Sabine Jacques and Morten Hviid at the University of East Anglia. The public lecture will take … Continue reading
On 23rd June, Bournemouth University will host a Symposium on New Approaches to the Orphan Works Problem. A limited number of spaces are still available for those wishing to participate in the event, which will include presentations by Peter Jaszi, Dan Hunter and Meredith Jacob. CREATe researchers Victoria Stobo and Kris Erickson will also present new research arising from interviews with cultural heritage institutions in Italy, The Netherlands and the UK, as well as from the Digitising Morgan project at the University of Glasgow. The purpose of the symposium is to evaluate recent legislative interventions such as the EU Orphan Works Directive of 2012. A wealth of new empirical data such as those gathered in the first phase of the … Continue reading
The peer-reviewed journal of Internet policy in Europe is seeking submissions of 6000-8000 words on topics of relevance to the regulation of digital communication technologies. The journal, edited in partnership between Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France and CREATe at the University of Glasgow, publishes four issues per year and considers new submissions on a rolling basis. Internet Policy Review is a multidisciplinary journal at the confluence of policy studies, technology studies, law, economics, communication studies and sociology. Engagement may take the form of empirical, legal or theoretical analysis or scholarly essays but should always be critical and original. Submissions should make explicit reference to European … Continue reading
Pitch competitions are short, intense events in which teams compete to solve challenges set by organisers. They offer the possibility to explore innovative solutions in a relatively compressed time-frame and with limited resources. They have been widely used in the technology, design and business worlds to generate and rapidly prototype new ideas. How might academic researchers benefit from the pitch competition format, either as organisers or as participants ourselves? And how can these events be improved to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange? Over the past year, colleagues and I in CREATe have experimented with the pitch competition format. We have used it to engage with external communities of software developers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs. For example, in 2016 we … Continue reading
Early career researchers, including advanced PhD students working on creative economy topics, are invited to register for an Early Career Research Camp organised by CREATe. The event will take place over the 4th and 5th May in Glasgow at the Centre for Contemporary Arts. The programme includes interactive activities and expert roundtables covering interdisciplinary work, new research methods, engagement with policy and societal impact. Over the course of the two-day event, teams will develop a research proposal on a creative economy theme, with a £1000 prize for the winning proposal. The event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Early career researchers, PhD students and faculty are welcome to come along to the following upcoming workshop events in CREATe. On Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm, we will be discussing Methods for investigating digital platforms: algorithms and affordances. The purpose of this workshop is to share and discuss techniques and methodological challenges related to investigating creative industries activity in online settings. CREATe researchers will share recent research design processes for investigating behavior on YouTube, Amazon and Kickstarter. Attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions related to their own online research challenges for group discussion. The recommended readings linked on the events page here provide context and theoretical underpinning for understanding the ‘method as the message’ in … Continue reading
A limited number of spaces have opened up for a workshop on algorithms and law organised by Professor Lilian Edwards at the University of Strathclyde. PhD students and early career researchers are invited to take part in the event, which will take place on 15th February from 12:30-17:00h. Speakers include Professor Lillian Edwards (Strathclyde), Michael Veale (UCL), Lorna Woods (Essex), Freddie Borgesius (Amsterdam) and Thomas Höppner (Berlin). The workshop will consider the legal, social and technical dimensions of algorithms and their role in governance. As we move further towards network-connected material life described as the ‘Internet of Things’, the status of algorithms as mechanisms for regulating social activity becomes evermore important. The afternoon session will discuss possible remedies to the … Continue reading
On 10th November 2016, join us at the University of Glasgow for the Open Innovation Design Jam competition. Design jams are fun, interactive brainstorming sessions in which teams develop innovative solutions to challenges. This event is an opportunity for innovators, SMEs, creators and IP practitioners to explore open, collective and user-led innovation. Following presentations by leading experts in management, strategy and IP law, teams will form and compete to solve business model challenges involving open or collectively managed IP inputs. How can businesses generate and capture value from open or collectively managed intellectual property? What are the benefits and costs of opening IP portfolios to competitors and user-innovators? How is creativity becoming more dynamic and more distributed, and what does … Continue reading
CREATe researchers Kris Erickson and Martin Kretschmer traveled to Berlin this past week to present a paper with co-author Fabian Homberg, ‘Is Originality Overrated? Measuring the success of original and recombinatory works on Kickstarter’ [Download slides]. We were joined in Berlin by CCPR researcher Inge Sorensen, who presented her paper on the (d)evolution of British public service media’s professional standards and codes of conduct across social networks. This was our first outing at AoIR, and we found it to offer a stimulating set of topics and approaches with considerable relevance to research in CREATe. Below in this blog post, I highlight some of the most interesting presentations we attended at the conference and explore potential implications for future research.