Julia Kloiber on Open Data

[Video] Julia Kloiber on apps, open transport data, and why it matters

When I was at the Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki, in between lectures, hackathons and workshops I managed to catch up with Julia Kloiber from the Open Knowledge Foundation. Julia is co-curating the Open Data track at the Summit of newthinking with Lorenz Matzat, and we talked a little about her work, open data, and (a bit of a theme for me in the last week or two) open transport data.
If you’ve got an idea for a presentation or workshop at the summit of newthinking, get in quick! the open call is only on for 2 more days!

Anyone interested to see what’s been happening with open transport in the USA should check out this video:

And for any of my fellow Berliners waiting for open data from the VBB or Deutsche Bahn, you can keep an eye on happenings with OpenVBB.

 

Cultural Commons Collecting Society

[Video] A transparent, democratic collecting society for music under CC licenses

Leading up to the Summit of newthinking in November, I’m making a few short videos about interesting developments in the areas of open strategies in Berlin. Newthinking is supporting me in this project and helping me hunt out cool projects and people along the way. This week I’ve been discussing music under Creative Commons licenses, and at the all2gethernow workshop a couple of weeks ago, there was a lot of discussion of the changes within the music industry in recent years, and how internet culture and technology is changing traditional business models for musicians and record labels. There I met Wolfgang Senges and m.eik michalke, who are part of the team trying to start a music performing rights collecting society for artists who use Creative Commons licenses.

Music that is licensed to be sampled, remixed, and used in videos (without having to ask express permission) is sometimes called ‘libre’ music – free as in ‘free speech’, not as in ‘free beer’. Musicians still need to support themselves and earn money from their music, and that doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive with using more open licensing methods. I’ll let m.eik and Wolfgang tell you more (make sure captions are turned on for English subtitles)…

You can find out more about how the society will work for musicians, and how to get involved at www.c-3-s.org