Open Science Summit July 29-31


Joseph Jackson has an announcement to make. He attended the last Bay Area QS Show &Tell meetup and told the group about the Open Science Summit he’s organizing in Berkeley this summer.

In his words:

Open Science Summit 2010:  Updating the Social Contract for Science 2.0

July 29-31
 International House Berkeley

Synthetic Biology, Gene Patents, Open Data, Open Access, Microfinance

for Science, DIY science, DIY Biology, Alternative Funding for Science,

Source Drugs, Patent Pools, Open Health/Medicine, Patient Advocacy for

Ready for a rapid, radical reboot of
the global innovation system for a truly free and open 21st century
knowledge economy?  Join us at the first Open Science Summit, an attempt
to gather all stakeholders who want to liberate our scientific and
technological commons to enable an new era of decentralized, distributed
innovation to solve humanity’s greatest challenges.

In the last ten years, a
collection of burgeoning movements has begun the herculean task of
overhauling the outmoded institutions and worldviews that make up our
global scientific governance system. Proponents of the Access to
Knowledge movement (A2K) have united around the principle that data and
knowledge are “anti-rivalrous,” the value of information increases as it

Open Access Journals have
demonstrated a new path for publishing that utilizes the power of the
internet to instantly distribute ideas instead of imposing artificial
scarcity to prop up old business models. “Health 2.0″ entrepreneurs are
seeking to apply the lessons of e-commerce to empower patients.

However, these different efforts
are each working on a piece of the problem without a view of the
whole. It is not sufficient or realistic to tweak one component of the
innovation system (eg, patent policy) and assume the others stay static.
Instead, dynamic, interactive, nonlinear change is unfolding.

The Open Science
Summit is the first and only event to consider what happens throughout
the entire innovation chain as reform in one area influences the
prospects in others. In the best case scenario, a virtuous circle of
mutually reinforcing shifts toward transparency and collaboration could
unleash hitherto untapped reserves of human ingenuity.

The registration link is here – you can get the earlybird discount until June 1.

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