COMMUNIA - The European Thematic Network on the Public Domain in the Digital Age
COMMUNIA is an EU project in the eContenplus framework. The project officially starts in September 2007 and will be financed for three years.
The goal of the COMMUNIA project is to build a network of organisations that shall become the single European point of reference for high-level policy discussion and strategic action on all issues related to the public domain in the digital environment, as well as related topics such as alternative forms of licensing for creative material (including, but not limited to, the Creative Commons licenses), open access to scientific publications and research results, management of works whose authors are unknown (i.e. orphan works).
Such discussion will produce as a result a general enrichment of the players involved – the participants of the network and those who will be reached by the dissemination efforts – as well as, and perhaps most importantly, a set of policy guidelines that will help all the stakeholders, public and private, from the local to the European level, understand the role of the digital public domain and its potentialities for economic, technological, scientific progress and for the cultural and democratic development of European societies.