November 17-18: Workshop on Research and Resource Commons in Scientific Research, Washington, D.C.

Travel and Logistics Info



On November 17-18, 2011,  the Washington College of Law and Creative Commons are holding the Workshop on the Research and Resource Commons in Scientific Research, with the goal of improving the legal and policy framework governing shared scientific information and material resources, particularly the sharing and use of research data.

The workshop is organized by the American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and Creative Commons, with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. A draft agenda and summary are attached, for your reference. The workshop will both review lessons learned from past initiatives to build a science commons and delineate a strategic agenda for the next phase of activities.

The workshop outcomes will be published as a report to describe the goals of the science commons and a five year strategic agenda for its advancement, as well as the roles and relationships of key stakeholders such as Creative Commons. 

Please contact Meredith Jacob  [mjacob -at- or 202.274.4253] with any questions



Josh Greenberg

Program Officer

Sloan Foundation

Chris Mentzel

Program Officer, Science Program

Moore Foundation

Sylvia Spengler

Program Director

National Science Foundation

Jorge Contreras


Washington College of Law

Beth Noveck


New York Law School

Michael R. Nelson

Research Associate

CSC Leading Edge Forum

Jerry Sheehan

Assistant Director for Policy Development

National Library of Medecine - National Institutes of Health

Paul Uhlir

Director, Board on Research Data and Information

National Academies of Science

Sayeed Choudhury

Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs & Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center

Johns Hopkins University

Clifford Lynch

Executive Director

Coalition for Networked Information

Peter Hirtle

Senior Policy Advisor and Fellow, Society of American Archivists

Cornell University Library

Christine Borgman

Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

Arfon Smith

Galaxy Zoo Technical Lead

University of Oxford

Hans Pfeiffenberger

Head, AWI-IT-infrastructure

Alfred Wegener Institute

Heather Piwowar

Postdoctoral Research Associate



Debbie Crawford

Senior Vice Provost, Research

Drexel University


Liu Chuang

Director of Global Change Information and Research Center, Institute of Geography and Natural Resource

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

Associate Journal Publisher

BioMed Central

Elizabeth Nolan

Chief Publishing Officer

Optical Society of America

Dan Kulp

Editorial Director

American Physical Society

Mike Carroll

Professor & Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Washington College of Law

Hal Abelson


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John Wilbanks

Senior Advisor

Creative Commons

Eric Saltzman

Creative Commons Board Member

Creative Commons

MacKenzie Smith

Science Fellow & Research Director, MIT Libraries

Creative Commons & Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jonathan Rees

Principal Scientist

Creative Commons

Meredith Jacob

Assistant Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Washington College of Law

Cathy Casserly


Creative Commons

David Kindler

Communications Consultant

Creative Commons

Alan Ruttenberg

Principal Scientist

Creative Commons

Val Hovland


Redstone Strategy, LLC


 Draft Agenda:


Thursday, November 17: Examining the Landscape



09:00 – 9:15

Welcome and introductions

09:15 -- 9:45 

Attendee introductions

09:45 -- 10:45

White paper: Funding Agency Data Policies

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

U.S. government scientific data policy activities

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00

International scientific data policy activities

14:00 – 15:00

White paper: Technical Interoperability as Implicit Policy

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30

White paper: Lessons Learned from the Science Commons

16:30 – 17:15

Responses to survey questions 



18:30 – 21:00

Workshop dinner



Friday, November 18: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead



09:00 – 9:30

Review of Thursday and setup for day two breakout groups (policy, technology, organizations)

09:30 – 10:30

Breakout group #1: What should drive the Research Resource Commons and what are its most pressing challenges?

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

Breakout group #2: What new tools are necessary to achieve a Research Resource Commons, e.g., standards, protocols, licenses, usage agreements, exemplar institutional policies, funder mandates?

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 – 13:45

Reports from breakout groups

13:45 – 14:30

Strategy session #1: Creating a 5-year plan. How can a Research Resource Commons be advanced over the next few years? What are the key principles for advancing this Commons?

14:30 -- 14:45

Coffee break

14:45 -- 15:30

Strategy session #2: Creating a map of the landscape. What is the best role for the non-profit and NGO sector, e.g., Creative Commons? Higher Education? Research funders? What other partnerships or collaborations are needed? What are you or your organization planning to do in this area next year?






Airports serving Washington, D.C.

Local transportation while in D.C.

Site of the conference

American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016


Courtyard By Marriott Chevy Chase
5520 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

(Located at the Friendship Heights Metro Station)