[cc-community] CC-licensed video contest on information sharing -- win $1, 000

Gavin Baker gavin at arl.org
Thu Jul 26 16:31:37 EDT 2007


SPARC Announces Mind Mashup:
A Video Contest to Showcase Student Views on Information Sharing

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and Documentary Filmmaker Peter Wintonick
Among Judges Selecting $1,000 Prize Winner

Washington, DC - July 25, 2007 - SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and  
Academic Resources Coalition) today announced the launch of the first  
annual SPARC Discovery Awards, a contest to promote the open exchange  
of information. Mind Mashup, the theme of the 2007 contest, calls on  
entrants to illustrate in a short video the importance of sharing  
ideas and information of all kinds. Mashup is an expression referring  
to a song, video, Web site or software application that combines  
content from more than one source.

Consistent with SPARC's mission as an international alliance of  
academic and research libraries promoting the benefits of information  
sharing, the contest encourages new voices to join the public  
discussion of information policy in the Internet age. Designed for  
adoption as a college or high school class assignment, the SPARC  
Discovery Awards are open to anyone over the age of 15.

Contestants are asked to submit videos of two minutes or less that  
imaginatively show the benefits of bringing down barriers to the open  
exchange of information. Submissions will be judged by a panel that  

Aaron Delwiche, Assistant Professor in the Department of  
Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas
José-Marie Griffiths, Professor & Dean at the School of Information  
and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Rick Johnson, communications consultant and founding director of SPARC
Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
Karen Rustad, president of Free Culture 5C and a senior at Scripps  
College majoring in media studies
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
Peter Wintonick, award-winning documentary filmmaker and principal of  
Necessary Illusions Productions Inc.

"I'm very proud to be judging this contest," said Karen Rustad. "When  
it comes to debates over Internet information policy, students are  
usually subjects for study or an object for concern. I can't wait to  
see what my contemporaries have to say about mashup culture and open  
access to information once they're given the mike -- or, rather, the  

The contest takes as its inspiration a quote from George Bernard  
Shaw: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these  
apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have  
an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of  
us will have two ideas."

Submissions must be received by December 2, 2007. Winners - including  
a first-place winner and two runners up - will be announced in  
January 2008. The winner will receive $1,000 and a "Sparky Award."  
The runners up will each receive $500. Winning entries will be  
publicly screened at the American Library Association Midwinter  
Conference in January 2008 in Philadelphia and will be prominently  
featured in SPARC's international advocacy and campus education  

For further details, please see the contest Web site at http:// 


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with  
SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more  
than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more  
open system of scholarly communication. SPARC is a founding member of  
the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a coalition of patient, academic,  
research, and publishing organizations that supports open public  
access to the results of federally funded research - including  
research funded by the National Institutes of Health. SPARC is on the  
Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc/.

Gavin Baker
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
tel: +1 (202) 296-2296 x116
fax: +1 (202) 872-0884
gavin at arl.org

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