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Wikipedia, Apache Founders Headline Internet Conference in Chicago May 15 - 17
[May 04, 2006]

Wikipedia, Apache Founders Headline Internet Conference in Chicago May 15 - 17

(Ascribe Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) CHICAGO, May 4 (AScribe Newswire) -- Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Apache founder Brian Behlendorf, and the United Kingdom Human Genome Analysis Group's Tim Hubbard will discuss Internet openness and business at a conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago, May 15-17.

FM 10 Openness: Code, Science and Content, the second conference of the Internet journal First Monday, will be held at UIC's Behavioral Sciences Building, 1007 W. Harrison St. The conference is designed to examine intellectual property issues such as the risks of copyleft and commons licensing, by which an author allows all uses of original material and asserts only the right to attribution of it.

The open-content movement began with zealotry, but now it's a serious strategy in search of a truly sustainable model, said Nancy John, UIC digital publishing librarian and a conference organizer.

The movement is experimenting with 'author pays' models and government strings on grants. Publishers have opposed government strings, and the 'author pays' model may allow access for third-world readers, but may keep them from publishing, John said.

About 300 participants are expected, including government advisers, national library staff, researchers in technology and science, and developers of open technologies, software, content and networks.

Delegates from 25 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America will discuss open access as a tool in efforts such as AIDS prevention, economic development, and privacy protection. The Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and George Soros' Open Society Institute sponsored the delegates.

UIC's Richard J. Daley Library has published First Monday, the first online professional journal devoted to the Internet, since 1998. The journal is an example of open-source content, published by volunteers without subscription fees, advertising or other revenue.

It's a great challenge to realize the Internet's potential for free, global open access to information. By providing a home to First Monday and other open journals, we can offer scholars access regardless of their countries' economic conditions, said Mary Case, head of the UIC Library.

FM 10 Openness: Code, Science and Content is sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, the Open Society Institute of the Soros foundations, and the University of Maastricht (Netherlands) Economic Research Institute of Innovation and Technology.

For information about the conference, visit .

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SUMMARY: Internet experts, including founders of Wikipedia and Apache, will discuss sustainable business models for open-source, open-access websites at a conference of the Internet journal First Monday at the University of Illinois at Chicago, May 15-17.

KEYWORDS: open source, open access, First Monday, Wikipedia, Internet, web, sustainability

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