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Global Summit hashtag is: #ccsummit15

Deeper conversations about the Summit and sharing of useful information such as local events, things to do, places to meetup etc. are invited to take place in the CC Korea hosted Global Summit Slack Channel. Get a Slack invite at https://ccglobalsummit2015.herokuapp.com
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Jeong-Wook Seo

Seoul National University
Chairman of CC Korea
Seoul, Korea
Hello Sharing World!
We are delighted to welcome all of you to the Creative Commons Global Summit 2015, the bi-annual gathering of legal, technical and academic professionals working to support the growth and expansion of the Creative Commons. I understand participants are from 80 countries and diverse groups of people, organizations, institutions and communities are gathered. We are here to collaborate, cooperate and celebrate our events on free knowledge, open culture, sharing business models on art, technology, education, science, and more.
Celebration of Sharing, Work of Sharing and Future of Sharing are main topics on each day. Our challenges are how we can make our life more creative, equitable and sustainable. The solution we think is to share our knowledge, resources and passion, ability and attitude of ourselves.
I would like to share a little bit of my personal experiences. As I am a medical doctor and a professor of pathology, I have to write scholarly articles. Search and access on premium research papers was my challenge in 1970-1980. Scholarly journal article search environment has changed dramatically during recent 40 years. Printed version of Index Medicus or CD-rom version was replaced by Pubmed, an electronic version with free access. And then we have Google Scholar and Naver Academic for search on research papers. Search engine and technology were a kind of magic for researchers.
But we found search was not enough but we need fulltext articles to read. Many of journal articles are available online at the library. But we realized libraries paying great amount of money. We also found that there are great gaps and barriers among institutions at different countries on subscribing journals. We need to find different model of publishing that is open access. The demand on open access is a common to Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern.
What I found additional was that we could not get medical information produced in Eastern or Southern countries, like Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, PNG, Fiji, Brunei and so on. Even more than 90% of Korean journals and Chinese journals are not available on search at Western database. So I joined to Global Health Library project that is a Knowledge Management program of WHO. What I am doing now is to collect and aggregate article information produced in the Western Pacific Region of WHO so that we can get these articles produced in countries in this region. That is Western Pacific Regional Index Medicus WPRIM database now available online at WPRIM.org. Digital divide is very often considered as accessibility divide. But more importantly non-equitable production of knowledge is critical issue for health. Production divide and accessibility divide on information produced in less served countries are our task to overcome together. Creative Commons gave me strong energy on my devotion on development of regional database on medical scholarly articles.
Information and knowledge are for those who need them. We, Creative Commons, are doing such a beautiful job to share knowledge and to make world equitable and sustainable through sharing knowledge.
We appreciate very much for supporters and sponsors that we could enjoy joining this conference. Real benefit however should return to everybody in the world who may not be able to come here or who do not agree with us on our policy.
Thank you.