August 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am August 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am by Chris Watkins
Appropedia is seeking an intern to work on Intellectual Property. The focus will be on public domain content, and mainly US federal government online resources.
This would be particularly suitable for a law student with an interest in US and/or international IP law. Ability to use a spreadsheet might come in handy, and being more tech-savvy than that would be a bonus.
The main task is to help identify which web resources are and aren't public domain. This information is used as the basis for the Public Domain Search - see the Beta version here (still a significant number of false positives):
This is an unpaid internship (the Appropedia Foundation being a non-profit organization) and you would be working remotely - unless you happen to be near a trusted member of the Appropedia community who can assist in mentoring you. (I'm near Jakarta, and others are in various parts of the US, Canada and the UK.) I've done the work on this so far, but we also have an attorney (Joel Scott) on our board of directors, with an interest in IP issues; and we've discussed this project with the Wikisource community, who may be able to lend a hand. You won't be on your own.
If you are interested, please leave a comment either below or on my Appropedia talk page, and I'll get in touch. (Or email me at my username, above, at appropedia dot org.) For more information about the search engine, see Public Domain Search on our wiki. The position will be open until it is filled, but we'd ideally like to find someone to start in this half of 2011.