Publishing Workshop

Publishing and Alternative Licensing Models (PALM) South Africa is hosting a Publishing Workshop from 3-4 November 2008 in Cape Town.

Digital technologies and the liberalising of licensing regimes have the potential to open up access to knowledge in the digital age. New flexible copyright licensing practices offer a 'some rights reserved' environment - a middle ground between 'all rights reserved' and the public domain. Publishers are experimenting with new models that allow them to take advantage of new opportunities while still recovering their investment.

The PALM project is exploring how these new models can facilitate access and distribution of knowledge resources and learning materials in Africa. The two-day workshop will be both theoretical and practical. The theory and mechanics of flexible licensing regimes will be explained. Examples will be given of new models already in operation elsewhere.

Participants will discuss how such models can be applied in local publishing practices and whether these new 'some rights reserved' approaches are likely to contribute to improved publishing. Trainers will be drawn from a number of disciplines, including experts in educational technology, intellectual property law, and economists specialising in business modelling. Researchers will document the discussions on business model development and record the concerns of publishers.

Participants will be supported as they develop proposals for demonstration projects that test the use of new models in practice. There will be time for participants to engage with and draw on the knowledge and experience of the trainers.

The following people will share their knowledge and expertise

  • Charles Batambuze (PALM Uganda coordinator, National Book Trust of Uganda)
  • Dave Duarte (Internet and mobile marketing consultant, entrepreneur and educator; Programme Director of the Nomadic Marketing and Mobile Marketing programmes at Graduate School of Business, UCT; lecturer in Attention Economics, Social Media, Web Marketing, Innovation and Globalisation at UCT; Public Lead of Creative Commons, South Africa)
  • Eve Gray (PALM SA Lead Academic; Publishing Strategy Consultant, specialist in scholarly publishing, digital media and open access)
  • Adam Haupt (PALM SA researcher, lecturer in Film and Media Studies at UCT, Author of "Stealing Empire")
  • Steve Kromberg (PALM SA Project Leader, publishing management consultant and researcher)
  • Andrew Rens (legal scholar, Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow)
  • Elaine Rumboll (Director, Executive Education portfolio, Graduate School of Business, UCT. A former performance artist, internationally published award winning poet, blues singer and academic turned businesswoman, she directs the GSB's Business Acumen for Artists programme)
  • Elitha van der Sandt (Director of the South African Book Development Council)

The Publishing Workshop will be structured and facilitated to

  • Encourage active participation
  • Maximise information sharing
  • Stimulate creative thinking about the future
  • Facilitate brainstorming
  • Support formation of project teams and proposal development

Non-profit and commercial publishers are welcome. The workshop will focus on the publication of higher education learning materials and knowledge resources, across a range of media.

Preference will be given to applicants from organisations actively interested in experimenting with new approaches and implementing publishing projects that test new models.

Applications close on 10 October 2008. Successful applicants will be notified on 17 October 2008.

Apply now - places are limited.

Application: Click Here.

More Information: Click Here.

PALM South Africa is managed by Creative R&D http://www.crd.org.za

Contact us at: info@crd.org.za 

PALM South Africa is funded by the IDRC, through the Acacia initiative. Acacia works with African partners to help countries in Africa apply information and communication technologies (ICTs) to social and economic development. Acacia is an integrated program of research and demonstration projects that focuses on appropriate applications and technologies, infrastructure, policy, and governance.

Acacia's mission is to support research on ICTs that improve livelihood opportunities, enhance social service delivery, and empower citizens while building the capacity of African researchers and research networks.

Read more about the Acacia initiative http://www.idrc.ca/acacia

Dates: 3-4 November 2008

Venue: UCT Graduate School of Business, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Event Start Date: 
Monday, 3 November, 2008
Event End Date: 
Tuesday, 4 November, 2008
Event Venue: 
UCT Graduate School of Business, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Event Type: 
Workshop

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