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The Communia Conference and this year's iCommons Summit '08 have issued calls for papers.

The First COMMUNIA Conference 2008 is scheduled for Monday 30 June and Tuesday 1st July 2008 in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (30 km south of Brussels). The main theme is the Assessment of economic and social impact of digital public domain throughout Europe. The Conference aims at initiating a “stock taking exercise” of the impact of public domain initiatives in the fields of public sector information, libraries, archives, scientific research and creative works in Europe.

The deadline to submit abstracts is April 10, and Communia is asking for papers on the following topics: libraries and archives, public sector information, creative works, scientific research, publishing intermediaries, emerging issues.

More information on the Communia Conference can be found at their website.

The deadline for papers for the iCommons Summit '08, in Sapporo, Japan is April 26.

The focus of the workshop will be on the presentation and critique of work in progress, and with the inclusion of both academic researchers and practitioners, so as to produce a holistic perspective on the future of a more participative, open and free information society. Workshop participants will have the chance to present their work at an event which attracts some of the world’s foremost thinkers on the future of the Internet, as well as practitioners, technologists, activists and artists who help shape that future.

Berkman Faculty Co-Director Jonathan Zittrain is one of the Workshop chairs this year. For more information about the iCommons Summit, visit their website and keep an eye on the iCommons blog for more information.

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