This may be the most interesting announcement I’ve seen in quite some time. It is still relatively rare for socially produced knowledge to make the transition from free service to for-pay product (especially outside of software), so it will be interesting to see how it works out for wikitravel.
For class today we had to listen to this recording of Moglen and Lessig at Wikimania last summer. Sigh. My IP class has generally been good, but man… I would love to take a class which consisted of ‘understand everything touched on in that lecture.’ You could squeeze in deep philosophy of copyright; the relationships between engineering and license-writing; sociology and mechanics of lawyering; anthropology and politics of copyright-based social movements; wiki-production; the long tail (specifically Benkler’s twist on it)… lots to deconstruct and to study. Class list for next year comes out in a couple weeks; hopefully Prof. Moglen will be teaching something like this :)
(And you get to hear Lessig make fun of Zittrain (the panel moderator) for being about 12 years old. What could be more fun/inside baseball!)
(Last day of classes… “only” exams to go, and then a week in North Carolina relaxing before work starts.)
[Ed. later: for ‘relaxing’ in that previous sentence, read ‘decompressing lest my brain explode.’]
Stumbled on this essay defending the use of Wikipedia in academia today, and was pleased and excited to see that it was written by a Duke prof, Cathy Davidson (blog). I knew Duke was doing the right thing in starting a center for interdisciplinary studies, and I’m excited to see that Prof. Davidson (current head of that project) is also interested in the future of educational technology. Great to see that the alma mater is hiring and recognizing people who are forward-thinking.