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Slides of my talk to the Commons Fest 2015 (http://commonsfest.info) that took place in Athens during May 15-17th. The festival focused on resources that can be viewed as the "commons - public resources that we should all benefit from. I tried to reflect on how we do business using digital commons, especially when using value that other people generate. My talk was inspired by the book of Jarion Lanier "Who owns the future" (http://www.jaronlanier.com/futurewebresources.html)
• MSc, MΕng, PhD
• >150 publications
• 1 like-a-post-doc
• 1 (almost)
• >5 rejected
• Agro-Know in 2008
An extraordinary company that captures, organizes
and adds value to the rich information available in
agricultural and biodiversity sciences, in order to
make it universally accessible, useful and meaningful.
advocates of open
• CIARD.net: a global movement dedicated to
open agricultural knowledge
• Global Open Data for Agriculture and
hm. is this transparent to the
AGRIS members? and is it fair?
1. all AGRIS providers to know that Agro-Know
is processing their data at no cost for them
– explicitly asks their permission to use their data
in our online product
– all AGRIS providers get some additional free
Agro-Know service in return
• a micro-payment model in place for each
– we cannot pay cash, yet; but e.g. credits-per-
views can be collected by each provider
– new services & features to be offered by Agro-
Know according to the collected credits
• online world: helps us disrupt some
monopolies that were based on who
owns the information
• lots of new value, generated by all of us,
instantly created online
• new types of threat: who owns the
online information channels?
take away message
• doing business online is not bad
• but the way we make money from other
people’s information should be
transparent and fair
–…whatever is legal, is not always ethical
my question to you
How can we help make this happen?