IP Empiricism

Sometimes I post to the blog because I don’t want to lose track of an idea. This is just that kind of post. I went to last week’s Princeton IP Conference (ably liveblogged by Ed Felten), and among the things I learned was that Princeton’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies houses something called the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA). About CPANDA:

CPANDA, the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive, is the world’s first interactive digital archive of policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States. A collaborative effort of Princeton University’s Firestone Library and the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, CPANDA is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

That’s a neat thing, and I didn’t know about it, and I’m struck by the coincidence of learning about it and, at about the same time, getting a reminder notice of the First Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, which lists a number of accomplished scholars as committed participants but virtually no one who specializes in intellectual property law.