The last blog post received quite some comments which I would like to answer. So reader Jared Khithim asked about the use of my proposals for a pre-preprint achive:
..this seems to be a quite clear violation of your copyrights! Are you going to sue Holtzbrinck?
…is boring talks the new berlin party scoop?
So regarding the copyright issue: No – I don’t want to sue Holtzbrinck. In fact it’s not only that I find my suggestions not overly original and rather intuitive but also that I think that it’s good that at least some people care about the issue. Moreover I don’t want to set up a preprint archive – I actually had already set up** and maintained a preprint archive for almost ten years at the former sfb288 which starts with lecture notes* by Ludvig Faddeev from autumn 1991.
I could also imagine that eventually some kind of pre-preprint archive may exist already at some institution, as there are meanwhile many institutional repositories. Or there may be related projects. Like for the Mimirix project we used trac for (amongst others) reading the students works and who knows wether there aren’t universities who already set up their own online dissertation pre-print archive. I still think it would be good to have something like this with a long term support offered by a global public institution like the arxiv.org. A company like Holtzbrinck has to keep its own business interest in focus and this may unfortunately turn out to be eventually at some point against the original idea of science.
Concluding – I eventually would use my “copyrights” passively, that is in case someone would e.g. try to forbid the arxiv.org to set up such a thing, because of copyright issues (there are still software patents in the US) then I could eventually try to help the arxiv with my timestamped proposals, which are distributed over the internet. But I don’t think that this is going to happen.
*the preprints have no licence, since back then a kind of creative commons share-a-like licence was sort of self-understood for preprints, I actually don’t know how the arxiv handles these new laws.
**with technical help from colleagues
Regarding the party… the party of course started after the talks, images after the click.
Unfortunately it was tooo dark to make many pictures of the cool interior of the location. In the foto, behind the staircase, you see a bit of an interactive mirror. If you come close to the light speckled wall in the background then your image is scanned and gets “reflected” as little dots.
Next to the Ferris wheel is the Marienkirche, presumably Berlins second oldest church, here behind the turntables.
The DJ’s behind the turntables played cool Creative Commons licenced music from Kraftfuttermischwerk and Peter Withoutfield (Blogrebellen). There was though not much dancing – at least while I was there it seemed people wanted mostly to talk.