Public Domain Information

UNESCO strongly promotes access to public domain information, also known as the “information commons”. Public domain information is publicly accessible information, the use of which does not infringe any legal right, or breach any other communal right (such as indigenous rights) or any obligation of confidentiality.

Public domain information refers to the realm of all works or objects of related rights, which can be exploited by everybody without any authorisation, for instance because protection is not granted under national or international law, or because of the expiration of the term of protection, or due to the absence of an international instrument ensuring protection in the case of foreign works or objects of related rights.

UNESCO advocates that Member States should recognise and enact the right of universal online access to public and government-held records including information relevant for citizens in a modern democratic society, giving due account to confidentiality, privacy and national security concerns, as well as to intellectual property rights to the extent that they apply to the use of such information. International organizations should recognise and promulgate the right for each State to have access to essential data relating to its social or economic situation.

 

  • The Tale of Genji

This on-line version of the 'The Tale of Genji' (Genji-monogatari) was launched by UNESCO as part of its 'Global Heritage Pavilion' in Internet Fair 2001 (INPAKU), a web-based event organised by the Government of Japan.

The masterpiece of Japanese literature was written by a court lady, Murasaki Shikibu, is the product of an aristocrats culture that flourished during the eleventh century at the height of the Heian Period (794-1192) in Japan. It is not only one of the great achievements of Heian culture, but also of Japanese literature as a whole. 

Recognized as one of the oldest novels in the world, it is concerned with the life and loves of Prince Genji and the affairs of his children and grandchildren. It is written in a prose style, with a vocabulary of more than 12,000 words, with nearly 800 embedded poems. 

The Tale of Genji has been narrated and read in a variety of forms for over one thousand years. Today, many Japanese read at least some parts of the story from several modern Japanese translations. It has been studied intensively as well and more than a hundred articles and books on it are published every year. The text is well known outside Japan. Since Arthur Waley's fine English translation of 1925, it has been published in more than thirty different languages.

http://webworld.unesco.org/genji/en/index.shtml

 

  • International Symposium on Open Access and the Public Domain in Digital Data and Information for Science

International Symposium on Open Access and the Public Domain in Digital Data and Information for Science - UNESCO Headquarters, Fontenoy Room II; Paris, France — 10-11 March 2003

The audio track of the presentation is provided as the presenter’s voice in the language of presentation (English or French) and as the simultaneous interpretation of UNESCO into the other language, the interpreter’s version should be considered as a best effort, and not as an official translation.

Monday, 10 March

 

 

8:00

Registration

8:40

Welcome by CODATA President
Shuichi IWATA, University of Tokyo, Japan

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8:45

Introduction by Symposium Chair
M.G.K. MENON, LEAD India

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8:55

Keynote Address: Science Communication and Public Policy
David DICKSON, Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net), UK

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Session One—Legal, Economic, and Technological Framework for Open Access and Public Domain in Digital Data and Information for Science

9:20

Introductory Remarks by Session Chair
Elizabeth LONGWORTH, Industry New Zealand, New Zealand

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9:30

Overview of Legal Aspects in the European Union
Thomas DREIER, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

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9:55

The Legal Context in Developing Countries
Alan STORY, University of Kent Law School, UK

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10:20

Economic Overview of Open Access and the Public Domain in Digital S&T Information
Robin COWAN, MERIT/University of Maastricht, Netherlands

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10:45

COFFEE

11:10

UNESCO's Approach to Open Access and Public-Domain Information
Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General, UNESCO

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11:25

Economic Considerations for Open Access and Public Domain Availability of Scientific Information in Developing Countries
Clemente FORERO-PINEDA, University of Bogota, Colombia

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11:50

Information Technology and Data in the Context of Developing Countries
Chrisanthi AVGEROU, London School of Economics, UK

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2:15

1 Discussion

12:45

LUNCH

 

 

The Opportunities and Challenges of Open Access and Public-Domain Scientific Information in Developing Countries 
Session Two — Data and Information in the Public Health Sector

14:00

Introductory Remarks by Session Chair
Dialo DIOP, Université Cheihk Anta Diop, Senegal

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14:10

The Ptolemy Project: Delivering Electronic Health Information in East Africa
Massey BEVERIDGE, University of Toronto, Canada

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14:35

Health Information for Disaster Preparedness in Latin America
Jean Luc PONCELET, Pan American Health Organization, USA

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15:00

Bioline International and the Journal of Postgraduate Medicine: A Collaborative Model of Open Access Publishing 
D.K. SAHU, JPM Managing Editor, India, and Leslie CHAN, Bioline, Canada

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15:25

COFFEE

 

 

Session Three—Data and Information in the Environmental Sector

15:50

Introductory Remarks by Session Chair
Farouk EL BAZ, Boston University

16:00

Geospatial Information in Development
Mukund RAO, Indian Space Research Organisation

16:25

A Comparative Analysis of Data Access Policies in Meteorology
Peter WEISS, U.S. National Weather Service, USA

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16:50

Recent Developments in Environmental Data Access Policies in the Peoples' Republic of China 
LIU Chuang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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17:15

Discussion

17:50

ADJOURN

18:00

RECEPTION

 

 

Tuesday, 11 March

 

 

8:15

Registration

 

 

Session Four—Basic Sciences and Higher Education

8:50

Introductory Remarks by Session Chair
Lulama MAKHUBELA, South African Data Archive, South Africa

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9:00

Information Needs for Basic Research: An African Perspective
Andrew KANIKI, National Research Foundation, South Africa

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9:25

International Transfer of Information in the Physical Sciences
R. Stephen BERRY, University of Chicago, USA

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9:50

Access to Scientific Information: Distance Education-The Ukraine and other CIS Countries Perspectives
Mikhail ZGUROVSKY, National Technical University of Ukraine, Ukraine.

10:15

COFFEE

 

 

Session Five—Innovative Models for Public-Domain Production of and Open Access to S&T Data and Information

10:40

Introductory Remarks by Session Chair
Dominique FORAY, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, France

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10:50

A Contractually Reconstructed Research Commons for Scientific Data: International Considerations
Jerome REICHMAN, Duke University Law School, USA, and Paul UHLIR, The National Academies, USA

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11:10

The Open Source Paradigm and the Production of Scientific Information: A Future Vision and Implications for Developing Countries
Charles SCHWEIK, University of Massachusetts, USA

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11:35

New and Changing Scientific Publication Practices Due to Open Access Publication Initiatives
Erik SANDEWELL, Linköping University, Sweden

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12:00

Overview of Open Access and Public Commons Initiatives in the United States
Harlan ONSRUD, University of Maine, USA

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12:25

Discussion

12:55

LUNCH

 

 

Session Six—Examples of New Initiatives in Developing Countries

14:00

Introductory Remarks by Session Chair
Alexei GVISHIANI, United Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

14:15

Overview of Initiatives in the Developing World
Sarah DURRANT, International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, UK

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14:40

Open Source GIS Software in Brazil
Gilberto CAMARA, National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil

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15:00

Public Knowledge Project Open Journal System
Sal MUTHAYAN, Doctoral Candidate, South Africa, and Florence MUINDE, UNESCO Fellow, Kenya

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15:20

Metadata Clearinghouse and Open Access to Geographic Data in Namibia
Emma NOONGO and Nico WELLEMSE, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia

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15:40

Open Access Initiatives in India
T.B. RAJASHEKAR, National Centre for Science, India

16:00

General discussion

16:20

Closing Remarks by Symposium Chair
M.G.K. MENON, LEAD India

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16:30

ADJOURN

 

 

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