Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 44162
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
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2006/8/27-29 [Computer/SW/Languages/Java, Politics] UID:44162 Activity:nil
8/27    The Schools of Information and Law are offering a seminar on Open
        Source this semester:
        \_ Are they charging for the information or just support?
           \- FYI: steve weber, whose book on open source seems to be
                   at the core of the syllabus, is a prof in the
                   political science dept here ... his area, curiously
                   enough, is international relations. very sharp guy.
                   although he never returned a paper i loaned him.
        \_ "School of Information" and "iSchool" are both stupid names.  -tom
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edit Course Assignments The principal assignments for this class are reading articles assigned in the syllabus, participation in discussion in class, on the class listserv, and in the class wiki, plus two short memos, and a final paper or group project (see below). Your grade will be based one-third on class participation (including wiki contributions), one-third on the short papers, and one-third on your final project or paper. We have pared down the reading requirements for this class as much as we could. Our goal here was to be very selective in our required readings and to expect, in response, that students will read and think about this material with real care. The tone and content of class discussions will reflect that expectation. Be prepared for highly interactive, lively discussion and argument. In addition, each week we will ask one or more students to be prepared to discuss the readings in class and write short entries about them on the class wiki. We hope that the wiki will become a resource for all of us. One of the things we hope to do through the wiki is to grow our collective knowledge about open source phenomena. The quantity of materials written on the subjects we will be studying is vast. No one of us can possibly read or even know of all of it. So please feel free to comment in class or on the wiki about other open source resources that you come across that are worth sharing with the class. org, is a free, online encyclopedia entirely written and edited by its users. The English-language Wikipedia has about 1 million articles. If you are not familiar with the wikipedia, take some time to search it both on subjects you know well and ones you don't. Your assignment is, first, to go to the wikipedia site, spend some time browsing this information resource, and then make a contribution to it. It could simply be fixing up something you see which can use a little improvement, or if you feel more ambitious, adding a new entry to the collection. The material you contribute could be relevant to this course but it doesn't have to be. The second part of the assignment is to write a short (2-3 double-spaced pages, or between 500 and 900 words) to reflect on the experience. Include the name of the article edited, a description of the change you made, and your wikipedia user id or the IP address you used to contribute from if you chose to contribute anonymously. The write-up should discuss what the process was like for you (what was easy, what was hard, any surprises, what new questions or issues it raised for you about the process or the product itself). edit Written Assignment #2 - Due October 30, 2006 Write a short essay (3-5 pages, or between 800 and 1500 words) about a government policy that affects open source and make recommendations about what the government should do (or not do) on this policy issue and why. You will be expected to consult and get approval from one of the professors for the course in your choice of paper topic or project focus. Please decide which option you will pursue and get approval for this project or paper by Sept. Samuelson will hold office hours from 2:30-4 on Tuesdays at 434 North Addition at the law school and from 1-2 on Mondays at 305B South Hall. Kapor will hold office hours from 2:30-3:30 on Mondays or by appointment at 303B South Hall.