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NA-CAP @ Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago was proud to host the 2007 North American Computers and Philosophy (NA-CAP) Conference at Loyola's Water Tower Campus. The conference took place July 26-28, 2007.

NA-CAP@Loyola 2007The theme for NA-CAP@Loyola is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and the Open Access movement in journal publishing.

The NA-CAP conference and its counterparts around the world aim to promote scholarly dialog on topics of interest at the intersection of computers and philosophy.

NA-CAP is the North American chapter of the International Association for Computers and Philosophy (IA-CAP). For more information about IA-CAP visit the the official website at IA-CAP members will receive a discounted rate for conference registration.

After the Conference: Resources

NA-CAP 2007 was a success. In the coming weeks, we will be posting videos, slide shows, and other information from the conference.

If you presented, you are encouraged to post slides of your presentation to Slide Share, a free Web 2.0 service for sharing just about every major slide show format. Please use the na-cap2007 tag for your slides.

Where Is the Conference?

The conference is to be held in Rubloff Hall located at 25 E. Pearson St. in downtown Chicago. Maps are available on here: Downtown Chicago: Where to Stay, How to Get There

Keynote Speakers

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman founder of GNU Project and president of the Free Software Foundation will be speaking on Free Software. Richard Stallman launched the development of the GNU operating system (see in 1984.  GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small.  The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today.  Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates. (Personal website)

Basic Writings on Free Software:

Peter SuberPeter Suber is a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and the Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge.  His Ph.D. in philosophy and J.D. are both from Northwestern University.  In philosophy, he has published on self-reference and self-modification, formal logic, legal reasoning, artificial intelligence, consent and coercion, civil disobedience, skepticism, the nature of software, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of law.  In the area of digital freedom, he writes the Open Access News weblog and the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, was the principal drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and sits on the Publishing Working Group of Science Commons, the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation, the Steering Committee of the Scientific Information Working Group of the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society, and the boards of several other groups devoted to open access, scholarly communication, and the information commons.  He has been active in promoting open access for many years through his research, speaking, and writing. (Personal website)

Basic Writings on Open Access:

Program Director: Tony Beavers (afbeavers at gmail dot com)
Tom Wren (twren at luc dot edu) and Matt Butcher (mbutche at luc edu)

The 2007 NA-CAP conference is hosted jointly by the Computer Science Department and the Philosophy Department of Loyola University Chicago.
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