Open Science Summit 2010: Updating the Social Contract for Science
July 29-31 International House Berkeley opensciencesummit.com
Synthetic Biology, Gene Patents, Open Data, Open Access, Microfinance
for Science, DIY science, DIY Biology, Alternative Funding for Science, Open
Source Drugs, Patent Pools, Open Health/Medicine, Patient Advocacy for Innovation
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 spreads.
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.
We are also seeking donations. All proceeds go to support the catering, travel costs, and production costs of the Open Science Summit, any additional funds raised will help establish the first Bay Area community lab for citizen science, BioCurious.
Go to biocurious.org for more information.