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Economics of Open Content: Film and Television II

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The new economics of film and television panel continues with analysis of the role of moving images at the university by Marsha Kinder, University Professor and Executive Producer and Project Leader of the Labyrinth Project at the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California, and Victor Edmonds, head of the Educational Technology Center at the University of California at Berkeley. Jeff Ubois, founder of Archival.tv, explains the social and economic importance of maintaining television archives. **The Economics of Film and Television II ** Marsha Kinder, University of Southern California Victor Edmonds, University of California, Berkeley Jeff Ubois, Archival.TV On January 23-24, 2006, [ Intelligent Television](http://www.intelligenttelevision.com/) hosts the Economics of Open Content symposium at MIT to bring together representatives from media industries, cultural and educational institutions, and legal and business minds to discuss how to make open content happen better and faster. With the support of the Hewlett Foundation and MIT Open Courseware, Intelligent Television brings representatives of commercial media industries (publishing, film, music, television, video, software, education/courseware, gaming) together with representatives of cultural and educational institutions who are innovative in this area and legal and business minds in the academy who are studying how to make this happen faster and better. New Yorker economics columnist and bestselling author (*The Wisdom of Crowds*) James Surowiecki keynotes at the Cambridge meeting, with a presentation entitled 'Openness as an Ethos.' Intelligent Television has been conducting a year-long investigation into the economics of open content. This project is a systematic study of why and how it makes sense for commercial companies and noncommercial institutions active in culture, education, and media to make certain materials widely available for free, and also how free services are finding new (sometimes commercial) ways of becoming sustainable. The project builds upon written work that Intelligent Television recently completed with the support of the Mellon Foundation and Ithaka on [Marketing Culture in the Digital Age](http://www.intelligenttelevision.com/marketingculture.htm), and also upon work now being completed as part of the Mellon Foundation-supported Commission on [Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities and Social Sciences](http://www.acls.org/cyberinfrastructure/cyber.htm). The project also informs new economic models that Intelligent Television is establishing for its documentary work. This work is licensed under a [Creative Commons License](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/).

Marsha Kinder is cultural theorist and prolific film scholar, whose specializations include narrative theory, digital media, children's media culture, and Spanish cinema. Since 1997 Kinder has directed the Labyrinth Project, an art collective and research initiative on interactive cinema and database narrative at USC's Annenberg Center for Communication. She has published more than 100 essays and 10 books.
Jeff Ubois is currently exploring new approaches to personal archiving for Fujitsu Labs of America in Sunnyvale, California, and to video archiving for Intelligent Television and Thirteen/WNET in New York. Prior to these associations, Jeff was a staff research associate at the School of Information Management and Systems at the University of California, Berkeley, where he investigated barriers to accessing television archives. For the Internet Archive, Jeff has worked on managing orphan works, maintaining archival integrity, and managing the collection and retention of digital library usage data. Jeff has worked as a consultant to the Internet Archive, the Sunlight Foundation, OCLC, Cisco Systems, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has been published in *First Monday*, *D-Lib*, *Release 1.0*, *Computerworld*, *Information Week*, *Messaging News*, *CFO*, and the publications of Ferris Research, a San Francisco-based consultancy specializing in collaboration software.