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|−|The third and final COMMUNIA conference will be held in Torino on Monday-Wednesday 28-30 June 2010 (just before the start of the EuroScience Open Forum 2010). |+|
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|−|Co-organized by the Nexa Center (Politecnico di Torino) and Berkman Center (Harvard University), the conference will focus on "Universities & the commons/cyberspace" (final title is yet to be decided, while an abstract will be published shortly). |+|
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|−|This early announcement is a note to SAVE THE DATE, but also an invitation to COMMUNIA members, academic institutions and /or other stakeholders involved in the future of universities and the open commons to start planning and getting involved in the event preparation. |+|
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Latest revision as of 21:20, 14 June 2010
University and Cyberspace: Reshaping Knowledge Institutions for the Networked Age
Universities are entrusted with the increasingly important responsibility of creating, sharing, and fostering use of knowledge on behalf of society, and to that end, are the recipients of tremendous investments of time, money, space, authority and freedom. Universities have embraced this role in diverse fashions, varying by tradition, period, and discipline, but we now ask them to go further. As we progress ever more deeply into a networked age, our knowledge institutions are faced with concomitant opportunities. They are challenged by society to become a driving force to create and disseminate knowledge - using innovative, effective, and dynamic approaches - derived from and for the networked world.
How is the role of universities as knowledge creating, sharing, and applying institutions going to change due to the Internet? How should universities use cyberspace to best implement their mission with respect to society? Taking into account the characteristics of the new generations of students, faculty and staff, how should the informational and the spatial (both physical and virtual) infrastructures of universities be shaped to improve learning, discovery, and engagement? What about the new opportunities to enhance the civic role of universities – who prepare people for citizenship and contribute to the public sphere - in our democratic societies?
The COMMUNIA 2010 International Conference will provide a venue for articulating possible answers to these and other questions, with the twofold objective of defining a shared vision of the future of universities as knowledge institutions and of identifying the main steps leading from vision to reality.