About the INDICARE Monitor 2004/2005
The first volume of the INDICARE Monitor 2004/2005 announced here contains the nine issues which were published during the first year of INDICARE operation. It contains 62 articles written either by members of the project team or external experts. For this edition all articles have been checked again in order to reduce the number of typos, to apply the layout rules more consistently, and to attribute keywords more carefully.

This publication has been optimized for a printed version. To add value we have included a keyword index and a name index. While the keyword index helps to find articles by article-type (editorial, interview, review, legal analysis, policy analysis, technical analysis, announcement, hands-on-experience), subject matter and regional focus, the name index references names of persons mentioned in the articles – deliberately not including names of authors. For some citing and quoting of articles may have become more convenient with page numbers. For those using the electronic version, of course searching or following active links to hundreds of sources may be more convenient than before when dealing with single issues or articles.

Note: As the present publication is basically a compilation of INDICARE Monitor issues, content has not been changed, validity of links has not been checked again, and information about the authors has not been updated.

Looking back
The main purpose of the INDICARE Monitor is to inform on consumer and user issues of DRM solutions in Europe and to stimulate public debate. Debate means two things here: first, the online-journal itself is scheduled as a platform for debate where different opinions and views can be expressed, and secondly articles posted on the INDICARE website can be discussed online straight away.

Some articles reached an audience of almost 1000 readers at our website within a month. As articles can also be obtained by RSS feed and by downloading the whole monthly issue as pdf-file, the effective readership is always larger than the counter of visits indicates. A more qualitative measure for the success and the quality of articles is the fact that articles of the INDICARE Monitor are not seldom referenced, commented or syndicated by other web resources, e.g. PaidContent by Rafat Ali, QuickLinks by Richard Swetenham, Urs Gasser's blog at Berkman Center for Internet & Society Berkman Center, Stefan Bechtold's blog at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School, or at BillboardPostPlay (cf. sources).

In our view the INDICARE Monitor turned out to be among others a place,
  • where empirical consumer research is reviewed and presented,
  • where young researchers working on DRM can present original ideas and research,
  • where interesting interviews with key persons in the field take place,
  • where European and US debate meet,
  • where different approaches to value-centred DRM systems design are presented and scrutinized, and
  • where you can find information about DRM events which are not covered elsewhere (e.g. workshop and conference reports).

The keyword index gives an impression which topics ranked especially high. Conforming to the scope and the focus of INDICARE it is most natural that the issue of consumer expectations, copyright law, DRMS design, business models, as well as standards and interoperability have been dealt with most often. In terms of application field, developments of online music markets were hottest.

Looking forward
For the future we want to increase the number of articles from industry stakeholders, the number of cases studies, hands-on-experiences, and critical descriptions of DRM systems. We also want to give more attention to institutional customers as consumers and users of DRM solutions, especially in the public research sector (including higher education and libraries). We also envisage broadening the European coverage of experts writing for the INDICARE Monitor, and of course we aim to make the INDICARE Monitor known more widely, and to increase our subscriber base. We would be pleased if you could be part of the solution helping us to achieve our goals.

Without the involvement of well known experts and without their stimulating contributions it would have been impossible to make our no-name start-up publication recognized as an unbiased forum of public DRM-debate. We thank the following external experts: Chris Barlas, Stefan Bechtold, André Beemsterboer, Patrick von Braunmühl, Willms Buhse, Leonardo Chiariglione, Ot van Daalen, Cory Doctorow, Thomas Dreier, Marc Fetscherin, Frederick J. Friend, Michael Girsberger, Christoph Beat Graber, Nynke Hendriks, Jan Michael Hess, Lawrence Horn, Cornelia Kutterer, Rik Lambers, Oliver Langewitz, Roy Melzer, Philip Merrill, Tihomira Nenova, Lutz Niehüser, Kurt Westh Nielsen, Bill Rosenblatt, Niels Rump, Péter Benjamin Tóth, and Cristina Vlietstra. Finally we would like to thank Gabriele Kaufmann, secretary at ITAS, for the many hours of skilled word processing and layout it took to produce this deliverable of INDICARE.

Bottom line
We invite you to get involved and to help us make the second Volume (2005/2006) of the INDICARE Monitor at least as interesting as the first one.


About the author: Knud Böhle is researcher at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at Research Centre Karlsruhe since 1986. Between October 2000 and April 2002 he was visiting scientist at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Seville (IPTS). He is specialised in Technology Assessment and Foresight of ICT and has led various projects. Currently he is the editor of the INDICARE Monitor. Contact: + 49 7247 822989, knud.boehle@itas.fzk.de

Status: first posted 28/04/05; licensed under Creative Commons
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