Scholars 2020

York University, Department of English, Program in Communications and Culture

"The Future of the Novel: Information, Communication, and Narrative"

David Meurer is a PhD candidate in the Communication and Culture program at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has a chapter entitled "Copyright Dramas: Theatre Archives and Collections Online" forthcoming in the volume "Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online" edited by Rosemary J. Coombe, Darren Wershler, and Martin Zeilinger. The chapter explores the influence of copyright law in the development of digital archives and collections, using performing arts cultural resources as a case study.

David is also a senior research assistant working with two Canada Research Chairs in the New Media Collaboration Centre at York University on the Canada Foundation for Innovation funded Artmob CMS project. This project, in which David plays a critical strategic role, will be beta launching a digital archiving and arts content management system based on the Drupal platform in early 2011. The software incorporates the principles of fair dealing from Canadian copyright law and facilitates cultural dialogue and the licensing of works through the use of innovative, social media inspired tools. The fair dealing tools and architecture are designed to ameliorate the challenges and reduce the costs of creating digital archives for educational, non-commercial purposes, and when completed, will mutually benefit creators, owners, cultural institutions, and the public.

David's work on copyright, authorship, and digital archives provides theoretical and practical contextualization for his dissertation research on the evolving relationship of the production, circulation and reception of narrative fiction to information and communication technologies and practices.