CAROLINA BOTERO Colombian Lawyer (Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, 1993), LLM on International Legal Cooperation (VUB, Brussels, 1994), Masters on Contracts (UAB, Barcelona, 2006), visiting scholar at Lecce University (Lecce, Italy, 2005-2006) and UCAL (Berkeley, spring 2006). She is currengly a doctoral student at the UAB in Barcelona, Spain but lives and works in Bogotà..
Carolina Botero is a researcher, lecturer, writer and consultant on issues related to law and technology. She has developed a special interest on the challenges that the educational sector faces regarding copyright issues while working with Karisma Foundation in Bogotá. She is an active member of the Colombian Free Software community and co-leader of Creative Commons in Colombia. As a consultant she has worked for several Universities in Colombia like the National University and the Andes University. She is consultant for the Bogota Telecomunications Corporation (ETB) and the Ministry of Agriculture. She has supported the adoption of open standards in elearning projects such as the UNDP Virtual School for Latinamerica and the Caribbean, or the Virtual Sports School of Coldeportes (the Colombian sports authority). She is leading the Law, Internet and Society group inside the Karisma Foundation. This group is in charge of the Creative Commons project at the foundation and she excecises the personal coleader role of Creative Commons from this possition too.
MARIA JULIANA MARIA JULIANA SOTO Studied Social Communication – Journalism at the Universidad del Valle (Cali, 2010). She studied music for many years, but finally decided to work on media. During college she worked on journalism, radio and audiovisual issues. Her experience includes building digital contents and on doing so she has developed a major concern for how this construction is done. She was born in Cali where she has returned after having a one year training in Fundación Karisma. She is now supporting the freeculture efforts from this city. • Personal blog • http://caraycarambolas.wordpress.com/
HECTOR BOTERO He is an Engineer that has worked on Technology inception in different environments, from the entreprenurial area to different educational uses. In the 1990s he was already working on ICT in education in Colombia, first developing educational software, soon working on virtual educational projects and also as a digital publisher. Along with some other family members at the end of the 1990s he started the Karisma Foundation in order to support ICT adoption especially in educational institutions. He gaves consultancy on the issues of his expertise and conducts specific projects of the Foundation that works on the frame of bottom-up community innitiatives that support local capacities and resources, selflearning process and the necessary inception of ICT.
The first MOU was signed by Universidad del Rosario back in 2005, since then Carolina Botero become coleader and because of her relation with the Karisma Foundation we supported CC’s activities in Colombia since the begining. Karisma Foundation signed a MOU with CC in September 3, 2009
Why do you identify yourself as being part of the listed region(s)? Geographically we are part of Latin America and since the insertion of the Colombian Project we have been part of the regional activities, discussions and meetings
Colombia has been traditionally very supporting of strong copyright legislative structures despite the fact of being in the third world and having a multiethnic population with a very diverse views of the creative process. CC shows some of the copyright current problematic issues and align them from a legal perspective that could be of good use in our country. From our own perspective, considering that the Foundation’s mission is to support the diffusion and good use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Colombian society, we believe Creative Commons is an important tool that could be implemented in the different sectors of the Colombian society. It is so especially because Karisma has worked mainly with educational institutions since its inception, providing content and support for the use of ICTs in the learning process. “Open” ideas, problems and solutions are present from the start. The scope of Karisma´s work now supports the appropriation of ICT in many other sectors—in this context, we also find it very useful and important to be associated to the Creative Commons licences and the networks that are related to them. Leading Creative Commons activities in Colombia is easy to match with our current normal activities; analysis, consultation, proposals, trainings, teaching materials, legal advise and analysis on ICT issues, as well as the design and organization of conferences and seminars on ICT appropriation, especially regarding educational, citizen and cultural matters.
a. The fact that the normal activities of the affiliates are easily related to CC activities, because then the effort that the CC project requires is part of the day-to-day work and has a direct benefit for the affiliate. b. The affiliate needs to have a commitment with openness not just on the “conceptual” or “theoretical” part of the idea but also in terms of the affiliates' approach towards others. The project has to be open for people and institutions in the jurisdiction to ask questions, find support and get involved with Creative Commons ideas, The affiliates has to be first a catalyst and then the expert. c. The affiliate must build a network on the national and international level that allows the project to have communicating vessels, a real network that allows the project to grow and learn from others
We have been working in the open world for various years. During this period of time: a. We can be an example: we have supported the startup and rise of different projects that had adopted these ideas enhancing their impact in Colombia and showing some local awareness and role in the inception of the concept. For example, today more than 7 Colombian Universities are part of the OCWC project, and 3 of them had been close to us. Also other 2 projects that work with elearning models out of the formal structure (UNDP and Escuela Virtual del Deporte) had also adopted OER standards. Lately we are also getting involved with important projects regarding Digital Libraries and Institutional Repositories, this will allow us to have in the close future more knowledge and specific projects to think about this issues. b. We have built our own expertise on the project that we can share with others. This expertise is relevant not only to the difussion of the project in our country but also in relation with other regional and worldwide projects. Carolina Botero has already participated for the last 2 years in international seminars not just under our umbrella but also on behalf of CC showing local and regional experiences, and we have been engaged in some international projects through her too (such as CClearn, research projects with the FGV University in Brasil and Derechos Digitales in Chile) c. We are committed to collaborative and participatory activities as part of networks that are involved in open projects at different levels; so we are also willing to learn from others and work with them. We are often invited at very diverse activities at different levels and are involved in some of the main projects in Colombia related to this networks such as Free Software communities and on the creation of others like the Wikimedia Chapter or the Hacker Space. We are also broading the scope towards building some capacity for research and activism in public policies especially regarding copyright and public information and transparency and in doing so we are also taking part of other collaborative initiatives.
a. Free software community b. Librarians' community c. Teachers' community d. Creators' community e. Universities f. Public Institutions are increasingly interested
We always support any activity or specific need they have. Furthermore, Karisma is also engaged on specific activities that allow us to keep the contact a. With the Free Software community: We actively participate in some of their activities and currently we are contributing to the soon to be Hackbo (Hacker Space in Bogota).To make this possible, we are working together with people from the free software community and creators' community. b. We built bonds with community projects in different levels like citizen journalism (with the Hiperbarrio project founded by Rising Voices), community video activsm (like the Centro Audiovisual de Ciudad Bolivar), our own bottom up project that thinks of a Digital Town (Fresno digital), cultural centers that are adopting ICT (like La Ksitta), etc. c. With the librarians and teachers: With these two comunities we are currently working with digital content, elearning projects and coursewares, and also on different institutional repositories and related projects like digital libraries. We participate whenever we are invited to their meetings, seminars and related activities to speak and discuss the open issues, and we have worked on specific projects that will continue to have impact in the coming years. d. At an institutional level we have bonds with universities and some public institutions (like public libraries) and we collaborate with them on publications, seminars and the discussions of public policies e. We have built some contacts with more governmental institutional like the Copyright Office or the Ministry of Communications; these we expect to be able to strengthen with time
What are the three most important focus areas on which the Affiliate Team will work during this time period? Please consider community building and adoption goals among your priorities. In Colombia we have done a lot of promotion, but we still need to work on specific projects that can go beyond our own efforts and we have to show them around.
1. Focus-area: Local Projects information We will participate in the documentation of local projects to be published in our local CC project web page and to enhance a possible regional “power of open” project.
Why is it important? It is important to document and show the good local CC experiences, and provide information about them.
Which communities will benefit? Artists, entrepreneurs, activists, etc.
2. Focus-area: Open Access There is an increasing interest on the issue in the region and Colombia is an important actor in the field of institutional repositories (green road)
Why is it important? There are national and regional innitiatives to publish academic information and make it visible through Internet but from some projects we have been involved (ie the intellectual property on academic online publications in Latin America research project– with the CC Chilean leaders, or the Agropecuarian Colombian Documentation Network consultancy) we understand there are important missunderstandings and a need to properly follow, help and inform this networks of documetns, information and data, to show the Open Access innititive
Which communities will benefit? Scientifics, public policy makers, librarians and basically any person that need academic and scientific information produced in Colombia and in the Latin American region.
3. Focus-area: Promotion and Capacitation. Beyond attending events that we are normally invited and answering questions, we will feature at least 3 CC salon (in Medellin, Cali and Bogota) and will collaborate in conferences on issues related to free culture.
Why is it important? We need to further encourage connections among people and projects that will solidify our network and foster a stronger network environment in our jurisdiction. We have been doing special seminars every year since the launch of CC licenses in 2006 and it has shown to be an important forum and gathering point. We would like to maintain this initiative.
Which communities will benefit? This strategy is more open and wants to cover a broad audience, those that already know CC and those getting in touch with the concept.
Detail tangible project outputs (e.g., events, papers, blog posts, video/films, etc.) for each focus area including an expected date of completion. See also Timeline. The outputs we plan to complete are as follows:
1. Focus-area: Local Projects information a, Project output. Gathering and documenting 10 colombian projects using CC licenses b. Expected start date - Expected date of completion: During 2012 c. Team Member responsible: Ma Juliana Soto d. How will this output help achieve your goals? It will show sucessful projects already using the licenses in our jurisdictions and contribute in that way to the region
2. Focus-area: Open Access a, Project output. Special promotion and support to the academic community towards the adoption and implementarion of the Open Access concept b. Expected start date - Expected date of completion: During 2012 c. Team Member responsible: Carolina Botero d. How will this output help achieve your goals? Open Access is a useful and strong concept in the academic community that increases the use of the CC licenses.
3. Focus-area: Promotion and Capacitation. a, Project output. Participation and collaboration in different events including free culture activities in the country and organization of CC salons b. Expected start date - Expected date of completion: During 2012 c. Team Member responsible: Maritza Sanchez d. How will this output help achieve your goals? It is a traditional way of promoting the CC concept among new interested people and already engaged activists.
Please consider using trackable statistics (such as web traffic or number of license adoptions) when applicable, but only if meaningful.
How will you measure and evaluate your impact on focus-area 1? With the number of projects we are able to document How will you measure and evaluate your impact on focus-area 2? According to the number of project we accompany How will you measure and evaluate your impact on focus-area 3? According to the number of events we participate, collaborate or directly realize
People The necessary expertise is in the team, but if needed for certain events we will seek volunteers from the young followers of CC.
Technology No new technology is needed
Materials What material resources must the team seek out or add to your existing resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals? How will you obtain these material resources? No special materials are needed
Other What other resources must the team seek out or add to all the other resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals? How will you obtain these other resources? N/A
How will you ensure your goals will be completed if unforeseen circumstances interrupt the project, such as changes in the leadership of the project or outputs taking longer to complete than anticipated? We know that we are drawing mostly from volunteers , therefore we design this road map mixing our normal activities with commitments on CC goals, this will give us the flexibility to reach the goals even if they take longer. However, we are committed to work on this and guarantee compliance to the best of our ability..
How will you communicate the project's on-going progress and setbacks within the jurisdiction and the CC Affiliate Network? (e.g. email list updates, meetings, press releases) According to the nature of the goals
Please have a look at other roadmaps.
How could the jurisdiction's plans help drive or support other jurisdictions' activities? We always publish material online, however, each project has its own dynamics to be documented and published.
Would you be interested in mentoring new jurisdiction teams? Yes
Conversely, would you be interested in having a mentor from a more experienced jurisdiction team? Yes Regional
Suggest three possible projects on which you can collaborate with other teams on a regional level. If you are not yet involved with the regional network, please contact the regional spokesperson (if any) or notify CC HQ to put you in touch with others. We are collaborating in a research project on Collecting Societies and new media We are planning to gather different CC projects in the region to document success and best practices We are planning to work on translation issues for the region
How do you plan to contribute to these projects? Translation
In what language(s) will you promote CC in the jurisdiction and why? Spanish is the official language in Colombia
In which of these languages are licenses already available? CC0? CCO is not yet available