Aigrain, Philippe

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Author of an important french-language book on the informational commons:



Philippe Aigrain is Head of Sector "Software Technologies" in the unit "Software Technologies and Distributed Systems" of the European Commission Information Society Technologies R&D Programme, in which he is in charge of actions in support to free / open source software and related innovation. He was trained as a mathematician and theoretical computer scientist, and holds a Doctorat and the Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches from University Paris 7. From 1972 to 1981, he worked in software engineering research groups of software companies. He was a research fellow at U.C. Berkeley in 1982. Since then, and before joining the European Commission in 1996, he headed research teams in the field of computer processing, indexing, retrieval and interaction for audiovisual media (video, music, still images). He his the author of more than 60 technical papers, as well as of papers on the history, economy and sociology of information exchanges.


Philippe Agrain. Cause commune : l'information entre bien commun et propriété, Editions Fayard, 2005.


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