July 2006

Asian Conference on the Digital Commons and iCommons iSummit 2006

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A resume of emerging ideas and initiatives from Asia Commons: Asian Conference on the Digital Commons and the iCommons iSummit '06



Asia Commons:  Asian Conference on the Digital Commons (http://www.asia-commons.net and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Commons) which took place June 6-8, 2006 in Bangkok covered a wide variety of topics through presentations, discussions and topics raised by participants themselves. Half of the conference was devoted to topics which were not pre-planned by organisers.  Instead, they were raised by participants in the session 'Towards a healthy Asia Commons:  What are the Ideas and Issues?'.  Participants raised topics which were of importance to them, and formed discussion groups with other interested individuals.  From these ideas, action plans for further initiatives emerged.

A gathering of Creative Commons collaborators in Asia also took place at the iCommons iSummit '06 under the session entitled 'Building an Asia Commons Community'. iSummit '06 (http://icommons.org/isummit/), took place from June 23-25, 2006 in Rio de Janeiro. Creative Commons is a philosophy, movement and licensing scheme that offers flexible copyright licenses for creative works, through the use of these licenses the digital commons is enriched.  The Creative Commons community in Asia therefore has many synergies with the community which emerged during the Asia Commons conference.

Many Asia Commons participants expressed that the Asia Commons initiative should not terminate with the conclusion of the conference. The ideas shared in the conference and documented in the Asia Commons wiki (http://wikis.bellanet.org/asia-commons) should continue to be available online to be taken forward.

Emerging ideas from Asia Commons
The following is a small selection of ideas and initiatives which emerged both out of the Asia Commons conference and some ideas shared during the iSummit '06 session 'Building an Asia Commons Community'.

iCommons 06 session 'Building on Asia Commons community at rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photo credit: Hempal Shrestha

Building an Asian Network on Access to Knowledge (A2K)
Idea initiator:  Dong Calmada
Idea discussion summary:  Levels of awareness and advocacies on A2K (http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/A2K) is relatively low

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