Most of my projects revolve around one of a number of themes:
- Personal Archiving. Alfred de Grazia’s system for managing intellectual estates is a long term interest, and a focus for my past work at Personal Archiving.
- Television Archiving and Internet Video. I’ve been blogging about developments in television archiving and Internet video since 2004, when the Kahle/Austin Foundation funded a position for me at UC Berkeley’s iSchool. From 2006 to 2009, I worked on a project at Thirteen, funded by the Library of Congress, called Preserving Digital Public Television.
- Open Content. In 2005, I began an association with Intelligent Television, and have co-produced a series of conferences on open content, public media, educational video, and new models of cultural production held in Berkeley at the Hillside Club, MIT, WNET, and Columbia University.
- Innovation. What is “responsibility in innovation?” Organized innovation is a power changing the world, and identifying and promoting responsible (and irresponsible) exercises of that power is the focus of the Bassetti Foundation.
- Voluntary Associations, Gift Economies. For the last five years I have been working to make the Berkeley Hillside Club a local center for culture and the arts. You can check out my presentations on community based archiving and on collective action at the Microsoft International Symposium on Self-Organizing Online Communities at Cornell University in March, 2007, and the Community 2.0 conference.
- Regions: Berkeley & Amsterdam. Berkeley is home; Amsterdam is a world center for STM publishing, and a good place to gain some perspective on events here in the U.S.
Board of directors & advisors
I’m currently serving on a number of boards of advisors and boards of directors:
- Question Copyright Promoting public understanding of the history and effects of copyright, and encouraging the development of alternatives to information monopolies.
- Hillside Club Founded in the late 19th century to promote good design practices in the Berkeley hills, the Hillside Club today is a community-based membership organization.
- Raqim Foundation Raqim Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works to alleviate poverty in Afghanistan. Our aim is to help empower the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan by partnering with local and international NGO’s in creating impact projects; and by providing financial assistance, technical assistance and support to grass roots groups, as well as dedicated individuals that are directly involved in implementing community-based development and relief projects.
- Support Intelligence Support Intelligence is a network security company located in San Francisco, California.
Conference organizing and workshops
Work on these themes and with these organizations has involved organizing a number conferences, workshops, and public discussions, including:
- Video Search: Are Algorithms All We Need? Panel session at WWW 2010, held in Raleigh, NC in April, 2010.
- Personal Archiving. One day conference about personal archiving. Held in San Francisco at the Internet Archive in February, 2010.
- Images of War. One day workshop at UC Berkeley’s iSchool about managing hosting and access of war time images of violence. Held at UC Berkeley in September, 2007.
- Video, Education, and Open Content: Best Practices. Sponsored by Intelligent Television and Columbia University. New York, May 2007.
- Culture, Commerce, and Public Media: A New Forum for Creators. Co-sponsored by Intelligent Television and WNET/Channel Thirteen. New York, June 2006.
- The Economics of Open Content. Co-sponsored by Intelligent Television and MIT Open Courseware. Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 2006.
- Getting Ready for Prime-Time: Online Video and the Future of Television, Berkeley, CA, September 2005.
Past Projects and Affiliations
Some of the other organizations I’ve been involved with include: