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For the third edition of Economies of the Commons, we’ve asked young talent to write reports. During both conference days, all 11 students of the international Master ‘Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image‘ of the University of Amsterdam paid careful attention. Afterwards they wrote reports on their subject of interest. The broad variety of content in the reports shows again the density and importance of the eCommons3 themes. We are very happy with the results and we thank all students for their efforts!

The reports can roughly be categorized around the eCommons3 sessions and speakers (e.g. ‘Session 2, David Bollier’). In case the author didn’t submit a title, we [impovised one ourselves].

1: Sustainable Futures of Digital Archives
Author: Carola van Dijk
About: Opening keynote, William Uricchio
Abstract: Archives need to convince new generations that the past is interesting, because without demand access is useless.

2: The Issue of Access
Author: Eoin O’Donohoe
About: Opening keynote, William Uricchio; Parallel Track, Jata Haan
Abstract: Access is vital for the value creation of cultural goods and the parallel track demonstrated the importance of projects just as Images of the Future.

3: Title not supplied [An eCommons3 Overview]
Author: Travis Werlen
About:  Opening keynote, William Uricchio; Parallel Track, Judith Moortgat, Geraldine Vooren
Abstract: From the opening speaker to the closing panel; the issue of access was promoted as an integral aspect to the archives’ sustainability and the hot-button issue of the conference was copyright.

4: Value-creation & the Commons
Author: Elena Taylor
About: Session 2, Eric Kluitenberg, David Bollier, Tony Ageh, Felix Stalder, Paul Rutten
Abstract: This text concentrates on the use of new platforms on behalf of cultural heritage institutions for the creation of social value in the commons framework.

5: Different approaches on the Commons
Author: Simon Manton Milne
About: Session 2, Eric Kluitenberg, David Bollier, Tony Ageh, Felix Stalder, Paul Rutten
Abstract: The Commons approach to audiovisual heritage management appears inviting, benefiting both those who work with the material and those who can simply enjoy greater access. But economic considerations remain, both for those who have developed existing material, those who look to develop it and those who must manage both.

6: A New Role for Professionals
Author: Annika Raïm
About: Session 3, Kate Theimer
Abstract: Archives need to develop their content based goal to a people based goal.

7: A New Role for Professionals
Author: Raquel Stern
About: Session 3, Kate Theimer
Abstract: Kate asked rhetorically if it “makes sense [for an archive] to have a collections-focused goal?” Why does she asks this and why does this question ruffle some feathers?

8: Audience Participation
Author: Krystyna Biernawska
About: Session 3, Kate Theimer, Mirko Tobias Schäfer
Abstract: A change in the meaning of the archive comes with a need for a new defining of goals and strategies of the archive.

9: Participatory knowledge: Julia Noordegraaf & John Ellis
Author: Krista Jamieson
About: Session 3, John Ellis, Julia Noordegraaf
Abstract: The crux of participatory knowledge is time sensitive. People have to know about something to be able to contribute.

10: Author didn’t sumbit a title [Today’s Users and Demands]
Author: Norbert Bakker
About: Session 2 and 4, David Bollier, Felix Stalder
Abstract: Today’s users have changed and likewise their demands. Only the commons can make unlimited access possible. Archives possess great cultural value and luckily policy makers are also convinced of this.

11: Future after Images for the Future
Author: Bin Li
About: Session 4
Abstract: Copyright has been the biggest issue of the conference and since there is no immediate solution, hopefully the institutions and the government can collaborate.

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