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Making
and the
commons
Michael Edson
For Europeana’s
European Cultural
Commons workshop

Warsaw, Poland
October 12, 2011




                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23739734@N08/6197553025/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Making
and the
commons
Michael Edson
For Europeana’s
European Cultural
Commons workshop

Warsaw, Poland
October 12, 2011
Making
and the
commons              Here today
                 as a private citizen




 Michael Edson
Making
and the
commons              Here today
                 as a private citizen




                  Not a spokesperson,
 Michael Edson       policy maker,
                    decision maker
Making
and the
commons

 Michael Edson

                 @mpedson
Making           slideshare.net/edsonm
and the
commons

 Michael Edson

                       @mpedson
Making    slideshare.net/edsonm
and the
commons
Making    slideshare.net/edsonm
and the
commons


               [the written-out version of this talk]
               http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/museums-and-the-
               commons-helping-makers-get-stuff-done-6779050
Making    slideshare.net/edsonm
and the
commons


                         [This is also relevant]
                http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/michael-edson-
                      prototyping-the-smithsonian-commons
Making    slideshare.net/edsonm
and the
commons



                                [As is this]
               http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/cil-2009-michael-
                               edson-text-version
Making and the Commons, for Europeana's "European Cultural Commons" conference :: Michael Edson
There’s a certain energy around someone
                  who is making something




http://www.flickr.com/photos/23739734@N08/6197553025/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Learning something




http://www.flickr.com/photos/specialkrb/3253320581/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Or solving a problem




http://http://www.flickr.com/photos/danmarksdesignskole/5534304473/sizes/l/in/photostream//
http://www.flickr.com/photos/danmarksdesignskole/5186252613/sizes/l/in/photostream/
There’s an intensity of focus, a sense
                                                       of urgency, a twinkle in the eye




http://www.flickr.com/photos/tortipede/6107303370/
We accord special status to those whom
President Barack Obama called


             “The risk-takers,
              the doers,
              the makers of things…”
                                  These makers are important—the future
                                  of our species might quite literally depend
                                  on their success, and with great pride we
                                  fill our museums with evidence of the
                                  things they've figured out and
                                  accomplished.
Museums, libraries, and archives are celebrations of human
  doing—but here we have a disconnect: while these institutions
  excel at celebrating things that makers have thought and done in
  the past, they can be surprisingly indifferent to the needs of
  people who want to get stuff done in the present and in the future.




http://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/669525192/sizes/l/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peteashton/177183362/sizes/l/in/photostream/
18,000 museums in USA
     $20.7 billion
18,000 museums in USA
$20.7 billion/year budget
18,000 museums in USA
$20.7 billion/year budget
Museums have vast collections of rare and notable
physical and intellectual property, they have
people with expertise and know-how. They
nurture curiosity and knowledge creation through
research, publication, exhibition, and public
programming. They hold positions of trust and
respect in their communities and they're heralded
as places that, as Roy Slade, the Director of the
Cranbrook Art Academy said, "reflect creativity,
history, culture, ideas, innovation, exploration,
discovery, diversity, freedom of expression and the
ideals of democracy."
Museums have vast collections of rare and notable
physical and intellectual property, they have
people with expertise and know-how. They
nurture curiosity and knowledge creation through
research, publication, exhibition, and public
programming. They hold positions of trust and
respect in their communities and they're heralded
as places that as Roy Slade, the Director of the
Cranbrook Art Academy said, "reflect creativity,
history, culture, ideas, innovation, exploration,
discovery, diversity, freedom of expression and the
ideals of democracy."
Museums have vast collections of rare and notable
physical and intellectual property, they have
people with expertise and know-how. They
nurture curiosity and knowledge creation through
research, publication, exhibition, and public
programming. They hold positions of trust and
respect in their communities and they're heralded
as places that "reflect creativity, history, culture,
ideas, innovation, exploration, discovery, diversity,
freedom of expression and the ideals of
democracy."
                                   Roy Slade
                                   Why Museums Matter
But walk into any museum in the country
      and ask these 3 questions…
Can I get access to all your collections
and resources?

Are experts available to help me
understand key ideas and concepts?

Can I incorporate your collections and
resources into new products, ideas, or
creative works?
access    Can I get access to all your collections
          and resources?

          Are experts available to help me
          understand key ideas and concepts?

          Can I incorporate your collections and
          resources into new products, ideas, or
          creative works?


Can I get the raw materials of
creation and innovation?
Can I get access to all your collections
            and resources?

Expertise
            Are experts available to help me
            understand key ideas and concepts?

            Can I incorporate your collections and
            resources into new products, ideas, or
            creative works?

 Can I get the help of guides, connectors, and problem-
 solvers, whether they work for you directly or are part of
 your broader networks?
Can I get access to all your collections
          and resources?

          Are experts available to help me
          understand key ideas and concepts?

          Can I incorporate your collections and
Re-use    resources into new products, ideas, or
          creative works?


Once I get raw materials and expertise,
can I do new things with them?
Yes?


                                          Yes?
       Yes?




http://www.flickr.com/photos/trepelu/225518847/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Yes?


                                           yes
       Yes?




http://www.flickr.com/photos/trepelu/225518847/sizes/l/in/photostream/
We received 1,200 public comments on
   Smithsonian Commons Prototype




http://www.flickr.com/photos/trepelu/225518847/sizes/l/in/photostream/
“One of my biggest gripes doing presentations
for the public on archaeology, is the number of
museums that do not have their collections
online. Much is kept hidden away for
researchers only. We can read journal articles
on valuable exhibits and sometimes a few
drawings are available, but anything else
requires either a visit or an application to do
scholarly research.
“One of my biggest gripes doing presentations
for the public on archaeology, is the number of
museums that do not have their collections
online. Much is kept hidden away for
researchers only. We can read journal articles
on valuable exhibits and sometimes a few
drawings are available, but anything else
requires either a visit or an application to do
scholarly research.
“This is not fair to the public, since they
pay either directly or indirectly for the valuable
items kept for a limited number of people.
“This is not fair to the public, since they
pay either directly or indirectly for the valuable
items kept for a limited number of people.
"
“Further, many people cannot travel or will never
travel to see some more distant institutions. I am
hoping for the day when all museums small and large
put their collections online, for the benefit of schools,
colleges and the general public.
“Further, many people cannot travel or will never
travel to see some more distant institutions.

I am hoping for the day when all
museums small and large put their
collections online, for the benefit of
schools, colleges and the general public.
“Further, many people cannot travel or will never
travel to see some more distant institutions.

I am hoping for the day when all
museums small and large put their
collections online, for the benefit of
schools, colleges and the general public.
“Further, many people cannot travel or will never
travel to see some more distant institutions.

I am hoping for the day when all
museums small and large put their
collections online, for the benefit of
schools, colleges and the general public.

                              Excerpt from comment #406
                              Smithsonian Commons Prototype
                              http://smithsonian-
                              webstrategy.wikispaces.com/Public+Com
                              ments+on+Smithsonian+Commons+Prot
                              otype+401-600
I am hoping for the day when all
museums small and large put their
collections online, for the benefit of
schools, colleges and the general public.
I am hoping for the day when all
      museums small and large put their
      collections online, for the benefit of
      schools, colleges and the general public.




http://www.flickr.com/photos/46758972@N00/2442068480/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Most museums, libraries,
           and archives aren’t
           focused on people
               like this…




http://www.flickr.com/photos/46758972@N00/2442068480/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Most museums, libraries,
           and archives aren’t                                 People like this, with
           focused on people                                      practical digital
               like this…                                    requirements, didn't exist
                                                                  on planet Earth
                                                                   20 years ago!




http://www.flickr.com/photos/46758972@N00/2442068480/sizes/l/in/photostream/
This is what we now know
Global audiences forming
 around niche interests
“No matter what business
 you’re in, most of the smart
people work for someone else”
A Trillion hours/year of time
  available for creation and
collaboration. (via Clay Shirky)
In 12 years this device will be
1,706 X more powerful than my
       desktop computer
Billions of connected mobile
users. Voice, data, cameras,
        GPS, sensors…
Your users are heroes in their
own epic journeys. Your job is
   to help them be great.
      [via Kathy Sierra]
Put these together with an
  audacious mission and
 something interesting is
     going to happen
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Strategic Plan
                            Grand Challenges
                           1. Unlocking the Mysteries of
                              the Universe
                           2. Understanding and
                              Sustaining a Biodiverse
                              Planet
                           3. Valuing World Cultures
                           4. Understanding the
                              American Experience
Smithsonian Secretary
  G. Wayne Clough
What is a Commons?

        1. Unlocking the Mysteries of
           the Universe
        2. Understanding and
           Sustaining a Biodiverse
           Planet
        3. Valuing World Cultures
        4. Understanding the
           American Experience
What is a Commons?

                                    1. Unlocking the Mysteries of
                                       the Universe
It is, we think, a way of getting   2. Understanding and
     a lot of hard work done           Sustaining a Biodiverse
                                       Planet
                                    3. Valuing World Cultures
                                    4. Understanding the
                                       American Experience
What is a Commons?



A set of resources maintained in the public
sphere for the use and benefit of everyone
What is a Commons?
What is a Commons?

Unnecessarily restricted content is like a
virus that spreads through the internet,
making the intellectual property
provenance of each generation of new
ideas less and less clear.



         (from Imagining a Smithsonian Commons)
What is a Commons?

Unnecessarily restricted content is like a
virus that spreads through the internet,
making the intellectual property
provenance of each generation of new
ideas less and less clear.



         (from Imagining a Smithsonian Commons)
What is a Commons?
What is a Commons?
An organized workshop where the raw materials of
          knowledge can be found and
           assembled into new things.
12 ingredients of a commons
12 ingredients of a commons
1. Federated (brings things together)
     Smithsonian Collections Search Center




              http://collections.si.edu/search/
12 ingredients of a commons
2. Designed for YOU

 Every user is a hero in their own epic journey

                      Via Kathy Sierra
12 ingredients of a commons
3. Findable
iStockphoto
12 ingredients of a commons
4. Shareable
                       Brooklyn Museum




   http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/157722/Morris_Kantor
12 ingredients of a commons
5. Reusable
Example: Flickr
12 ingredients of a commons
6. Free
          “Free resources are crucial to
            innovation and creativity”

                                  Lawrence Lessig
12 ingredients of a commons
6. Free
The Internet Archive                     “we provide
                                         free access”




                http://www.archive.org
12 ingredients of a commons
7. Bulk download
            Powerhouse Museum




  http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/download.php
12 ingredients of a commons
8. Machine readable
data.gov
12 ingredients of a commons
9. High resolution
NASA




         http://marsrover.nasa.gov/gallery/panoramas/spirit/
12 ingredients of a commons
10. Collaboration without control
12 ingredients of a commons
10. Collaboration without control
“we are living in the middle of a remarkable increase in
our ability to share, to cooperate with one another, and
 to take collective action, all outside the framework of
 traditional institutions and organization …Getting the
   free and ready participation of a large, distributed
 group with a variety of skills has gone from impossible
                        to simple.”
                                    Clay Shirky
“we are living in the middle of a remarkable increase in
our ability to share, to cooperate with one another, and
 to take collective action, all outside the framework of
 traditional institutions and organization …Getting the
   free and ready participation of a large, distributed
 group with a variety of skills has gone from impossible
                        to simple.”
                                    Clay Shirky
“we are living in the middle of a remarkable increase in
our ability to share, to cooperate with one another, and
 to take collective action, all outside the framework of
 traditional institutions and organization …Getting the
   free and ready participation of a large, distributed
 group with a variety of skills has gone from impossible
                        to simple.”
                                    Clay Shirky
12 ingredients of a commons
10. Collaboration without control
             MIT Open Courseware




                 http://ocw.mit.edu
12 ingredients of a commons
11. Network effects
               OpenStreetMap




             http://www.openstreetmap.org/
12 ingredients of a commons
12. The Public Domain
The Public Domain is not “some gummy residue left
 behind when all the good stuff has been covered by
property law. The public domain is the place where we
      quarry the building blocks of our culture.”

                              James Boyle
The Public Domain is not “some gummy residue left
 behind when all the good stuff has been covered by
property law. The public domain is the place where we
      quarry the building blocks of our culture.”

                              James Boyle
The Public Domain is not “some gummy residue left
 behind when all the good stuff has been covered by
property law. The public domain is the place where we
      quarry the building blocks of our culture.”

                              James Boyle
12 ingredients of a commons
… and a 13th?




            http://www.weather.gov/disclaimer.php
12 ingredients of a commons
… and a 13th?

                TRUST
12 ingredients of a commons
… and a 13th?

                                    TRUST
Why don’t we just let the private sector do this?

We are in the forever business. By putting something online—be it a cultural treasure, a
folk song, a fossil of a bug, a lecture, or a community—we are asking people to trust us.
We're not going to scam you. We're not going to violate your privacy. We're going to be
honest about what we do and don't know, we're going to be open to new ideas and
points of view, we're going to help each other figure out the world, and these promises
are good forever.

Museums are among the few organizations in our culture that enter into those kinds of
promises, and we take that responsibility very seriously.
13 ingredients of a commons
•   Federated            • Bulk Download
•   Designed for users   • Machine Readable
•   Findable             • High Resolution
•   Shareable            • Collaboration w/o
•   Reusable               control
•   Free                 • Network effects
                         • Public Domain
                         • Trust
What is a Commons?




http://www.si.edu/commons/prototype
What is a Commons?
Text version of this talk: Museums and the Commons: Helping
Makers Get Stuff Done
    http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/museums-and-the-commons-
    helping-makers-get-stuff-done-677905


Imagining a Smithsonian Commons
• http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/cil-2009-michael-edson-text-version


Prototyping the Smithsonian Commons
   http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/michael-edson-prototyping-the-
   smithsonian-commons
What is a Commons?
Text version of this talk: Museums and the Commons: Helping
Makers Get Stuff Done
    http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/museums-and-the-commons-
    helping-makers-get-stuff-done-677905
                                                       Also, a video

Imagining a Smithsonian Commons
• http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/cil-2009-michael-edson-text-version


Prototyping the Smithsonian Commons
                                          A 15-minute talk at the Walker Art Center
   http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/michael-edson-prototyping-the-
                                  Video (starts at minute 12):
   smithsonian-commons            http://channel.walkerart.org/play/opening-the-field/



                                                                         Updated 6/21/2010
Thank You!

    Michael Edson

      @mpedson

http://slideshare.net/edsonm
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Making and the Commons, for Europeana's "European Cultural Commons" conference :: Michael Edson

  • 1. Making and the commons Michael Edson For Europeana’s European Cultural Commons workshop Warsaw, Poland October 12, 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23739734@N08/6197553025/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 2. Making and the commons Michael Edson For Europeana’s European Cultural Commons workshop Warsaw, Poland October 12, 2011
  • 3. Making and the commons Here today as a private citizen Michael Edson
  • 4. Making and the commons Here today as a private citizen Not a spokesperson, Michael Edson policy maker, decision maker
  • 6. Making slideshare.net/edsonm and the commons Michael Edson @mpedson
  • 7. Making slideshare.net/edsonm and the commons
  • 8. Making slideshare.net/edsonm and the commons [the written-out version of this talk] http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/museums-and-the- commons-helping-makers-get-stuff-done-6779050
  • 9. Making slideshare.net/edsonm and the commons [This is also relevant] http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/michael-edson- prototyping-the-smithsonian-commons
  • 10. Making slideshare.net/edsonm and the commons [As is this] http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/cil-2009-michael- edson-text-version
  • 12. There’s a certain energy around someone who is making something http://www.flickr.com/photos/23739734@N08/6197553025/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 14. Or solving a problem http://http://www.flickr.com/photos/danmarksdesignskole/5534304473/sizes/l/in/photostream//
  • 16. There’s an intensity of focus, a sense of urgency, a twinkle in the eye http://www.flickr.com/photos/tortipede/6107303370/
  • 17. We accord special status to those whom President Barack Obama called “The risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things…” These makers are important—the future of our species might quite literally depend on their success, and with great pride we fill our museums with evidence of the things they've figured out and accomplished.
  • 18. Museums, libraries, and archives are celebrations of human doing—but here we have a disconnect: while these institutions excel at celebrating things that makers have thought and done in the past, they can be surprisingly indifferent to the needs of people who want to get stuff done in the present and in the future. http://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/669525192/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 20. 18,000 museums in USA $20.7 billion
  • 21. 18,000 museums in USA $20.7 billion/year budget
  • 22. 18,000 museums in USA $20.7 billion/year budget
  • 23. Museums have vast collections of rare and notable physical and intellectual property, they have people with expertise and know-how. They nurture curiosity and knowledge creation through research, publication, exhibition, and public programming. They hold positions of trust and respect in their communities and they're heralded as places that, as Roy Slade, the Director of the Cranbrook Art Academy said, "reflect creativity, history, culture, ideas, innovation, exploration, discovery, diversity, freedom of expression and the ideals of democracy."
  • 24. Museums have vast collections of rare and notable physical and intellectual property, they have people with expertise and know-how. They nurture curiosity and knowledge creation through research, publication, exhibition, and public programming. They hold positions of trust and respect in their communities and they're heralded as places that as Roy Slade, the Director of the Cranbrook Art Academy said, "reflect creativity, history, culture, ideas, innovation, exploration, discovery, diversity, freedom of expression and the ideals of democracy."
  • 25. Museums have vast collections of rare and notable physical and intellectual property, they have people with expertise and know-how. They nurture curiosity and knowledge creation through research, publication, exhibition, and public programming. They hold positions of trust and respect in their communities and they're heralded as places that "reflect creativity, history, culture, ideas, innovation, exploration, discovery, diversity, freedom of expression and the ideals of democracy." Roy Slade Why Museums Matter
  • 26. But walk into any museum in the country and ask these 3 questions…
  • 27. Can I get access to all your collections and resources? Are experts available to help me understand key ideas and concepts? Can I incorporate your collections and resources into new products, ideas, or creative works?
  • 28. access Can I get access to all your collections and resources? Are experts available to help me understand key ideas and concepts? Can I incorporate your collections and resources into new products, ideas, or creative works? Can I get the raw materials of creation and innovation?
  • 29. Can I get access to all your collections and resources? Expertise Are experts available to help me understand key ideas and concepts? Can I incorporate your collections and resources into new products, ideas, or creative works? Can I get the help of guides, connectors, and problem- solvers, whether they work for you directly or are part of your broader networks?
  • 30. Can I get access to all your collections and resources? Are experts available to help me understand key ideas and concepts? Can I incorporate your collections and Re-use resources into new products, ideas, or creative works? Once I get raw materials and expertise, can I do new things with them?
  • 31. Yes? Yes? Yes? http://www.flickr.com/photos/trepelu/225518847/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 32. Yes? yes Yes? http://www.flickr.com/photos/trepelu/225518847/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 33. We received 1,200 public comments on Smithsonian Commons Prototype http://www.flickr.com/photos/trepelu/225518847/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 34. “One of my biggest gripes doing presentations for the public on archaeology, is the number of museums that do not have their collections online. Much is kept hidden away for researchers only. We can read journal articles on valuable exhibits and sometimes a few drawings are available, but anything else requires either a visit or an application to do scholarly research.
  • 35. “One of my biggest gripes doing presentations for the public on archaeology, is the number of museums that do not have their collections online. Much is kept hidden away for researchers only. We can read journal articles on valuable exhibits and sometimes a few drawings are available, but anything else requires either a visit or an application to do scholarly research.
  • 36. “This is not fair to the public, since they pay either directly or indirectly for the valuable items kept for a limited number of people.
  • 37. “This is not fair to the public, since they pay either directly or indirectly for the valuable items kept for a limited number of people.
  • 38. " “Further, many people cannot travel or will never travel to see some more distant institutions. I am hoping for the day when all museums small and large put their collections online, for the benefit of schools, colleges and the general public.
  • 39. “Further, many people cannot travel or will never travel to see some more distant institutions. I am hoping for the day when all museums small and large put their collections online, for the benefit of schools, colleges and the general public.
  • 40. “Further, many people cannot travel or will never travel to see some more distant institutions. I am hoping for the day when all museums small and large put their collections online, for the benefit of schools, colleges and the general public.
  • 41. “Further, many people cannot travel or will never travel to see some more distant institutions. I am hoping for the day when all museums small and large put their collections online, for the benefit of schools, colleges and the general public. Excerpt from comment #406 Smithsonian Commons Prototype http://smithsonian- webstrategy.wikispaces.com/Public+Com ments+on+Smithsonian+Commons+Prot otype+401-600
  • 42. I am hoping for the day when all museums small and large put their collections online, for the benefit of schools, colleges and the general public.
  • 43. I am hoping for the day when all museums small and large put their collections online, for the benefit of schools, colleges and the general public. http://www.flickr.com/photos/46758972@N00/2442068480/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 44. Most museums, libraries, and archives aren’t focused on people like this… http://www.flickr.com/photos/46758972@N00/2442068480/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 45. Most museums, libraries, and archives aren’t People like this, with focused on people practical digital like this… requirements, didn't exist on planet Earth 20 years ago! http://www.flickr.com/photos/46758972@N00/2442068480/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 46. This is what we now know
  • 47. Global audiences forming around niche interests
  • 48. “No matter what business you’re in, most of the smart people work for someone else”
  • 49. A Trillion hours/year of time available for creation and collaboration. (via Clay Shirky)
  • 50. In 12 years this device will be 1,706 X more powerful than my desktop computer
  • 51. Billions of connected mobile users. Voice, data, cameras, GPS, sensors…
  • 52. Your users are heroes in their own epic journeys. Your job is to help them be great. [via Kathy Sierra]
  • 53. Put these together with an audacious mission and something interesting is going to happen
  • 55. Smithsonian Strategic Plan Grand Challenges 1. Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe 2. Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet 3. Valuing World Cultures 4. Understanding the American Experience Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough
  • 56. What is a Commons? 1. Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe 2. Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet 3. Valuing World Cultures 4. Understanding the American Experience
  • 57. What is a Commons? 1. Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe It is, we think, a way of getting 2. Understanding and a lot of hard work done Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet 3. Valuing World Cultures 4. Understanding the American Experience
  • 58. What is a Commons? A set of resources maintained in the public sphere for the use and benefit of everyone
  • 59. What is a Commons?
  • 60. What is a Commons? Unnecessarily restricted content is like a virus that spreads through the internet, making the intellectual property provenance of each generation of new ideas less and less clear. (from Imagining a Smithsonian Commons)
  • 61. What is a Commons? Unnecessarily restricted content is like a virus that spreads through the internet, making the intellectual property provenance of each generation of new ideas less and less clear. (from Imagining a Smithsonian Commons)
  • 62. What is a Commons?
  • 63. What is a Commons? An organized workshop where the raw materials of knowledge can be found and assembled into new things.
  • 64. 12 ingredients of a commons
  • 65. 12 ingredients of a commons 1. Federated (brings things together) Smithsonian Collections Search Center http://collections.si.edu/search/
  • 66. 12 ingredients of a commons 2. Designed for YOU Every user is a hero in their own epic journey Via Kathy Sierra
  • 67. 12 ingredients of a commons 3. Findable iStockphoto
  • 68. 12 ingredients of a commons 4. Shareable Brooklyn Museum http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/157722/Morris_Kantor
  • 69. 12 ingredients of a commons 5. Reusable Example: Flickr
  • 70. 12 ingredients of a commons 6. Free “Free resources are crucial to innovation and creativity” Lawrence Lessig
  • 71. 12 ingredients of a commons 6. Free The Internet Archive “we provide free access” http://www.archive.org
  • 72. 12 ingredients of a commons 7. Bulk download Powerhouse Museum http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/download.php
  • 73. 12 ingredients of a commons 8. Machine readable data.gov
  • 74. 12 ingredients of a commons 9. High resolution NASA http://marsrover.nasa.gov/gallery/panoramas/spirit/
  • 75. 12 ingredients of a commons 10. Collaboration without control
  • 76. 12 ingredients of a commons 10. Collaboration without control
  • 77. “we are living in the middle of a remarkable increase in our ability to share, to cooperate with one another, and to take collective action, all outside the framework of traditional institutions and organization …Getting the free and ready participation of a large, distributed group with a variety of skills has gone from impossible to simple.” Clay Shirky
  • 78. “we are living in the middle of a remarkable increase in our ability to share, to cooperate with one another, and to take collective action, all outside the framework of traditional institutions and organization …Getting the free and ready participation of a large, distributed group with a variety of skills has gone from impossible to simple.” Clay Shirky
  • 79. “we are living in the middle of a remarkable increase in our ability to share, to cooperate with one another, and to take collective action, all outside the framework of traditional institutions and organization …Getting the free and ready participation of a large, distributed group with a variety of skills has gone from impossible to simple.” Clay Shirky
  • 80. 12 ingredients of a commons 10. Collaboration without control MIT Open Courseware http://ocw.mit.edu
  • 81. 12 ingredients of a commons 11. Network effects OpenStreetMap http://www.openstreetmap.org/
  • 82. 12 ingredients of a commons 12. The Public Domain
  • 83. The Public Domain is not “some gummy residue left behind when all the good stuff has been covered by property law. The public domain is the place where we quarry the building blocks of our culture.” James Boyle
  • 84. The Public Domain is not “some gummy residue left behind when all the good stuff has been covered by property law. The public domain is the place where we quarry the building blocks of our culture.” James Boyle
  • 85. The Public Domain is not “some gummy residue left behind when all the good stuff has been covered by property law. The public domain is the place where we quarry the building blocks of our culture.” James Boyle
  • 86. 12 ingredients of a commons … and a 13th? http://www.weather.gov/disclaimer.php
  • 87. 12 ingredients of a commons … and a 13th? TRUST
  • 88. 12 ingredients of a commons … and a 13th? TRUST Why don’t we just let the private sector do this? We are in the forever business. By putting something online—be it a cultural treasure, a folk song, a fossil of a bug, a lecture, or a community—we are asking people to trust us. We're not going to scam you. We're not going to violate your privacy. We're going to be honest about what we do and don't know, we're going to be open to new ideas and points of view, we're going to help each other figure out the world, and these promises are good forever. Museums are among the few organizations in our culture that enter into those kinds of promises, and we take that responsibility very seriously.
  • 89. 13 ingredients of a commons • Federated • Bulk Download • Designed for users • Machine Readable • Findable • High Resolution • Shareable • Collaboration w/o • Reusable control • Free • Network effects • Public Domain • Trust
  • 90. What is a Commons? http://www.si.edu/commons/prototype
  • 91. What is a Commons? Text version of this talk: Museums and the Commons: Helping Makers Get Stuff Done http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/museums-and-the-commons- helping-makers-get-stuff-done-677905 Imagining a Smithsonian Commons • http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/cil-2009-michael-edson-text-version Prototyping the Smithsonian Commons http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/michael-edson-prototyping-the- smithsonian-commons
  • 92. What is a Commons? Text version of this talk: Museums and the Commons: Helping Makers Get Stuff Done http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/museums-and-the-commons- helping-makers-get-stuff-done-677905 Also, a video Imagining a Smithsonian Commons • http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/cil-2009-michael-edson-text-version Prototyping the Smithsonian Commons A 15-minute talk at the Walker Art Center http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/michael-edson-prototyping-the- Video (starts at minute 12): smithsonian-commons http://channel.walkerart.org/play/opening-the-field/ Updated 6/21/2010
  • 93. Thank You! Michael Edson @mpedson http://slideshare.net/edsonm

Editor's Notes

  1. Photo, CC licensed from Representative Virginia Fox (R – N.C.), http://flickr.com/photos/repvirginiafoxx/2298030037/
  2. http://flickr.com/photos/dotcommunist/355530076/
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  8. http://flickr.com/photos/daveseven/2534461433/
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