The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture

Electronic expertise has made tradition extra available than ever ahead of. Texts, audio, photos and video can simply be produced, disseminated, used and remixed utilizing units which are more and more simple and reasonable. although, besides this technological democratization comes a paradoxical flipside: the norms regulating culture's use—copyright and comparable rights—have turn into more and more restrictive.

This booklet brings jointly essays via teachers, librarians, marketers, activists and coverage makers, who have been all a part of the EU-funded Communia venture. jointly the authors argue that the general public Domain—that is, the informational works owned via we all, be that literature, tune, the output of medical study, academic fabric or public region information—is primary to a fit society.

The essays variety from extra theoretical papers at the historical past of copyright and the general public area, to functional examples and case experiences of contemporary tasks that experience engaged with the rules of Open entry and inventive Commons licensing. The ebook is key studying for someone drawn to the present debate approximately copyright and the web. It opens up dialogue and gives functional ideas to the tricky query of the legislation of tradition on the electronic age.

The unfastened PDF variation of this name used to be made attainable by means of beneficiant investment acquired from the ecu Union (eContentplus framework venture ECP-2006-PSI-610001).

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Inhuman Nature: Sociable Life on a Dynamic Planet by Nigel Clark

By Nigel Clark

The connection among social concept and earth tactics is an oddly overlooked a part of the social sciences.

This fascinating ebook bargains to make strong the deficit through exploring how human job and planetary approaches effect upon one another. The book:

• presents a far wanted in-depth inquiry into the risky courting among human lifestyles and the actual earth

• Considers the social and political implications of continually contemplating the earth as a dynamic planet

• Asks what we will study from typical catastrophes and from those that have lived via them

• bargains an inter-disciplinary standpoint bringing jointly insights from sociology, geography, philosophy and earth / lifestyles sciences.

The result's a landmark paintings that may be of curiosity to readers around the social sciences and arts in addition to environmental reports and catastrophe reports.

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Byzantium in the Seventh Century: The Transformation of a by J. F. Haldon

By J. F. Haldon

This publication offers the 1st analytical account in English of significant advancements inside of Byzantine tradition, society and the kingdom within the an important formative interval from c.610-717. The 7th century observed the ultimate cave in of historical city civilization and municipal tradition, the increase of Islam, the evolution of styles of idea and social constitution that made imperial iconoclasm attainable, and the advance of country apparatuses--military, civil and fiscal--typical of the center Byzantine nation. additionally, in this interval, orthodox Christianity eventually turned the unquestioned dominant tradition and a non secular framework of trust (to the exclusion of other structures, which have been henceforth marginalized or proscribed).

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A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright

By Ronald Wright

Whenever background repeats itself, the associated fee is going up. the 20 th century—a time of extraordinary progress—has produced a massive pressure at the very components that contain existence itself: This increases the major query of the twenty-first century: How for much longer can this move on? With wit and erudition, Ronald Wright lays out a-convincing case that heritage has regularly supplied a solution, even if we care to note or no longer. From Neanderthal guy to the Sumerians to the Roman Empire, a brief heritage of growth dissects the cyclical nature of humanity's improvement and dying, the 10,000-year outdated scan that we've unleashed yet have not begun to manage. it really is Wright's competition that in simple terms via realizing and finally breaking from the styles of growth and catastrophe that humanity has repeated world wide because the Stone Age do we steer clear of the onset of a brand new darkish Age. Wright illustrates how a variety of cultures all through heritage have actually synthetic their very own finish by means of generating an overabundance of innovation and stripping naked the very components that allowed them to at the beginning increase. Wright's publication is very good; a desirable rumination at the hubris on the center of human improvement and the pitfalls we nonetheless can have time to prevent.

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Countries and Their Cultures, Volume 1: Afghanistan - Czech by Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember

By Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember

Just like the ten-volume Encyclopedia of worldwide Cultures (Macmillan, 1996), the four-volume nations and Their Cultures relies at the number of ethnographic info often called the Human family members sector records established at Yale college. in contrast to global Cultures, that is equipped through tradition, the recent paintings is geared up through state. This work's energy is that readers who understand little or no a couple of state can fast receive an excellent orientation to the key matters, background, and social constitution of a state. The 225 entries are among ten and 20 pages lengthy and browse like a pass among a well-written encyclopedia article, a trip consultant, and a social technology essay. they supply a very good common assessment of a rustic with out vastly oversimplifying or distorting. All entries have an identical constitution, with sections on geography, historical past, demography, languages, nutrients, economic system, etiquette, politics, relatives, faith, and humanities and arts. A country's measure of cultural solidarity in addition to its cultural diversifications are defined within the sections on nationwide id, ethnic family, and social stratification. each one access has a map with a neighborhood insert, black-and-white pictures, and a bibliography of contemporary scholarly books. instructed particularly for libraries that don't personal Encyclopedia of worldwide Cultures. Marc Meola, Coll. of latest Jersey Lib., Ewing

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The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research by Vlad Petre Glăveanu

By Vlad Petre Glăveanu

This groundbreaking guide brings jointly top overseas specialists in creativity and tradition learn to supply an outline of present debates. It showcases the wealth of themes, ways and definitions particular for this new, interdisciplinary box inside of creativity study. The theoretical and methodological ideas rising from the joint research of creativity and tradition spotlight the function of creativity inside brand new innovation-based, multicultural societies. 

Drawing on theoretical and empirical reflections, together with case experiences from assorted continents and various artistic domain names, this instruction manual presents a very international outlook on present creativity study inside of an emergent, interdisciplinary box. This sort is highlighted through the Handbook's constitution as it is divided into 5 sections: Creativity and tradition within the Psychology of Creativity; Creativity in Socio-Cultural Psychology; Creativity in Cultural Context; Creativity and tradition in utilized domain names; Cross-disciplinary views on Creativity and tradition. those sections supply a transparent evaluation of the debates and questions of this examine sector as participants proportion their curiosity in creativity not just as someone but additionally a social and cultural phenomenon, and in tradition as either the root and end result of inventive action. 
The instruction manual may be an  essential source for researchers, relatively these dependent in social technology and arts disciplines. 

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Portraits-souvenir by Jean Cocteau

By Jean Cocteau

Graphics - keepsake (1935) est l'occasion pour Cocteau, qui s'est toujours refusé à écrire ses Mémoires, d'évoquer le Paris littéraire, artistique et mondain d'avant 1914. l. a. fulgurance de ses raccourcis poétiques anime les photographs de l'impératrice Eugénie à Antibes, de Mistinguett sur los angeles scène de l'Eldorado et d'autres personnages mythiques de l'époque 1900.

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Wide Awake: What I Learned About Sleep from Doctors, Drug by Patricia Morrisroe

By Patricia Morrisroe

A fourth-generation insomniac, Patricia Morrisroe made up our minds that the single means she’d ever overcome her lifelong sleep problem used to be by means of turning into knowledgeable at the topic. So, armed with part a century of private event and a journalist’s interest, she trigger to discover certainly one of life’s maximum mysteries: sleep. awake is the eye-opening account of Morrisroe’s quest—a compelling memoir that blends technology, tradition, and company to inform the tale of why she—and 40 million different Americans—can’t sleep at night.            

Over the process 3 years of study and reporting, Morrisroe talks to sleep medical professionals, drug makers, psychiatrists, anthropologists, hypnotherapists, “wake experts,” bed salesmen, a magician, an astronaut, or even a reindeer herder. She spends an uncomfortable evening stressed out up in a nap lab. She attempts “sleep restriction” and “brain tune therapy.” She buys a high-end sound computing device, customized ear plugs, and a “quiet” condominium within the kingdom to flee her noisy buddies within the urban. She attends a continual clinical schooling path in Las Vegas, the place she discovers that medical professionals are one of the so much sleep-deprived humans within the nation. She travels to Sonoma, California, the place she attends a Dream Ball costumed as her “dream self.” to satisfy a early life delusion, she celebrates Christmas Eve 2 hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, within the famed Icehotel tossing and turning on an ice mattress. ultimately, after touring the globe, she reveals the reply to her insomnia correct round the nook from her condo in big apple City. 

 
A spell binding mixture of own perception, technology and social commentary, Wide Awake examines the position of sleep in our more and more hyperactive tradition. For the thousands who are suffering from sleepless nights and hazy caffeine-filled days, this funny, thought-provoking and finally hopeful publication is a vital bedtime significant other. It does, in spite of the fact that, include a caution: interpreting it's going to advertise wakefulness.

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Life Like Dolls: The Collector Doll Phenomenon and the Lives by A. F. Robertson

By A. F. Robertson

Because the Nineteen Eighties there was a becoming billion buck enterprise generating porcelain collectible dolls. Avertised in Sunday newspapers and mailbox fliers, even Marie Osmond, an avid collector herself, is now selling her personal line of dolls at the domestic buying community and revenues are hovering. With usual cost tags of $100 -- and $500 or extra for a hand made or restricted version doll -- those dolls ring a bell within the hearts of middle-aged and older girls, their center purchasers, a few of whom create "nurseries" dedicated to collections that quantity within the hundreds.

Each doll has its personal identify, id and "adoption certificate," like Shawna, "who has simply discovered to stack blocks all by means of herself," and Bobby, whose "brown, handset eyes shine with mischief and little-boy plans." Exploring the nexus of feelings, intake and commodification they signify, A. F. Robertson tracks the increase of the porcelain collectible industry; interviews the ladies themselves; and visits their golf equipment, gala's and houses to appreciate what makes the dolls so irresistible.

Lifelike yet freakish; novelties that profess to be antiques; expensive kitsch: those dolls are the made of robust feelings and massive company. real looking Dolls pursues why middle-class, proficient ladies obsessively acquire those dolls and what this phenomenon says approximately our tradition.

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