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DSpace digital repository to launch with Nov. 4 symposium

A symposium titled "Scholarly Communication in the Digital World" will celebrate the worldwide launch of DSpace, an open-source institutional digital repository developed by the MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard Co. The event will take place Monday, Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bartos Theatre (Room E15-070).

The discussion will consider the significance of digital repository systems from the perspectives of faculty, libraries, academic institutions and publishers. Speakers will address policy issues as well as the current legal and regulatory landscape for publishing and distribution of scholarly materials.

The speakers will include Hal Abelson, the Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a founding member of the DSpace advisory board, and Clifford Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information and former director of library automation for all of the University of California campuses.

Also speaking will be James Boyle, a professor at the Duke University School of Law and a specialist in intellectual property in the information age. Boyle is on the board of Creative Commons, which is working to facilitate the free availability of information, scientific data, and art and cultural materials by developing innovative, machine-readable licenses that individuals and institutions can attach to their work.

The public is invited to the event, which begins with a continental breakfast from 8:30 to 9 a.m. If you plan to attend, e-mail or call 253-9323 by Wednesday, Oct. 30.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 30, 2002.

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