An Ithaka S+R research report
August 15, 2023
Of Meetings and Members
The Interconnected Future of Conferences and Scholarly Societies
This is a good look at where we are right now with in person, hybrid, and virtual conferences. It focuses on meetings organized by scholarly societies and public-facing activities they engage in. The authors point out that there are more than 4.5 million presentations delivered at academic, scientific and professional conferences annually. We at the Charleston Conference have had a lot of experience so check this out!
Speaking of conferences, have you signed up for the upcoming Charleston In Between?
PEER REVIEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 6 & 7, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EASTERN BOTH DAYS
- $75 Individual Registration
- $225 Group Rate Registration: View as a group in a classroom setting, or register for up to 5 individual access points.
ORGANIZED BY: CRIS FERGUSON, DEAN OF LIBRARIES, MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Keynote: Brian Nosek, Co-founder, Executive Director – Center for Open Science
Stakeholder Perspectives Panel:
- Courtney McAllister, Editor of Serials Review and Serials Librarian
- Joris van Rossum, STM Solutions, and chair of the NISO Peer Review Committee
- Kelly Smith, Director of Collections and Discovery, EKU Libraries
What’s New in Peer Review Lightning Session
- Laura Feetham, IOP Publishing
- Daniel Dotson, The Ohio State University
- Lindsay Morton, PLOS
- Sven Fund, Reviewer Credits
DAY TWO: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Panel on Open Peer Review
- Jessica Polka, ASAPbio
- Eric Schares, Engineering and Collection Analysis Librarian at Iowa State University
Closing Keynote: Making Peer Review More Equitable
- Daniela Saderi, Co-Founder and Director, PREreview
- Dr. Antoinette Foster, Director of Community Transformation at Oregon Health & Science University
Great news! Maddie Hinds, Leah’s lovely daughter, just got engaged! Her fiance’s name is Selwyn Salter. He is obviously very romantic since he proposed to her on a scenic overlook on Grandfather Mountain! Several pictures are included here!
Federal judge rules AI-generated art cannot be copyrighted
‘Approaching new frontiers’
Published August 19, 2023 at 11:23am
Daily Caller News Foundation
A federal judge ruled Friday that art produced by artificial intelligence without human involvement cannot be copyrighted.
District Court Judge for the District Of Columbia Beryl A. Howell agreed with the United States Copyright Office’s decision not to grant copyright protection to the owner of a computer system for art generated by the system. Stephen Thaler, who owns a program called the “Creativity Machine,” was denied a copyright by the office for a piece of visual art his system created because it “lacked human authorship,” which Howell notes is “a bedrock requirement of copyright.”
“[T]his case presents only the question of whether a work generated autonomously by a computer system is eligible for copyright,” Howell wrote. “In the absence of any human involvement in the creation of the work, the clear and straightforward answer is the one given by the Register: No.”
While more complex questions did not arise in this case, Howell noted that we are “approaching new frontiers in copyright as artists put AI in their toolbox to be used in the generation of new visual and other artistic works.”
Should AI-generated art be copyrighted?
5% (11 Votes)
95% (227 Votes)
“The increased attenuation of human creativity from the actual generation of the final work will prompt challenging questions regarding how much human input is necessary to qualify the user of an AI system as an ‘author’ of a generated work, the scope of the protection obtained over the resultant image, how to assess the originality of AI-generated works where the systems may have been trained on unknown pre-existing works, how copyright might best be used to incentivize creative works involving AI, and more.”