Creative Commons policies grow in New Zealand schools

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Last month, I had the honour of providing a keynote address and two workshops at a teacher conference at Northcote College1, on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand.

Like many schools, Northcote is in the process of developing an overarching digital citizenship policy for staff, students, and the wider community. This policy is likely to include – alongside other issues like safety, privacy, research and integrity – a commitment to Creative Commons licensing.

If Northcote College does adopt a Creative Commons policy, they will join between fifty and one hundred New Zealand schools that have decided to formally give permission for teachers to share resources using a Creative Commons licence, with a preference for CC BY and CC BY-SA.

The policy is designed to address the fact that, under Section 21 of the 1994 Copyright Act, the first owner of copyright works made by New Zealand teachers in the course of their employment is their employer – namely, the schools governance board, known as the ‘Board of Trustees’ (BoT).

This means that teachers who share resources they make are legally infringing the school’s copyright – even when they are sharing with other teachers in the New Zealand state education system.

We’re advocating two solutions to this problem. First, we think every school in New Zealand’s pre-tertiary education system – all 2,500 of them – should pass a Creative Commons policy. This policy allows – and encourages – teachers to share their resources with other teachers under a Creative Commons licence.

Second, we think that teachers should adopt practices of finding, adapting, and sharing open content into their workflow. This will give teachers more confidence and flexibility when re-using third-party resources, and provide more resources for other teachers to build on and reuse.

We’ve been working at this for a couple of years now, spreading the word to the many groups working in the sector, including teachers, principals, Boards of Trustees, unions, disciplinary associations, public agencies, and other NGOs.

It’s been a long campaign, but we’re starting to make real progress. We’re giving an average of forty talks and workshops per year to the education sector, and we’re currently looking for ways to scale this work to meet the needs of every school in the country. This will become increasingly important as new resource sharing platforms – such as the crown-owned Network for Learning’s Pond – begin to take off.

The other challenge is to follow the lead of other CC affiliates, such as Poland, and help open up works produced or contracted by the Ministry of Education. There are signs that more of these resources will be openly licensed.

The adoption of open policy in schools coincides with similar moves in the local heritage and research sectors, and follows the continuing integration of CC licensing in central government. While there is still plenty to be done, it appears as if open licensing is on the verge of becoming mainstream across New Zealand’s public institutions – which is definitely good news for the global commons.

ccMixter launches crowdfunding campaign

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If you’ve been making or enjoying music under Creative Commons licenses for very long, there’s no doubt you’re already familiar with ccMixter, a community that’s been leading the way in CC music for ten years. What makes ccMixter really special is how enthusiastic its users are about borrowing and building off of each other’s tracks. Users are constantly creating new music from each other’s stems and playing with each other’s ideas. It’s a celebration of what makes CC licenses great.

Last week, ccMixter announced its first-ever crowdfunding campaign. ccMixter’s volunteer team needs to hire an admin to help maintain ccMixter’s infrastructure; they also have some big plans for website improvements and upgrades.

From the press release:

“ccMixter is the most prominent experiment in free music culture,” stated renowned professor of law and global activist Lawrence Lessig, when explaining the unique aspects of ccMixter’s free, open-source-music community based upon sharing.

ccMixter connects individuals in countries all around the world, through the universal language of music. It is unlike all other music sites on the web, as it is based wholy upon collaboration, not competition. This makes ccMixter a uniquely positive place for musicians. ccMixter’s fundraiser campaign and supporting videos, posts, social media and tweets, will utilize a hashtag that represents the spirit of ccMixter: #MusicConnectsUs

“ccMixter connects me deeply to musicians all around the world I’ve never met through the universal language of music. That is powerful and positive,” remarked Emily Richards, CEO of ArtisTech Media and ccMixter artist known as Snowflake.

ccMixter has some really cool gifts lined up for funders. Check it out!

Vaya Con Datos

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What were five hundred folks from 30 countries doing in 40+ different sessions running concurrently in three rooms of two gorgeous buildings in Ciudad de México? They were showing, sharing and learning from the best of each other’s work utilizing open data, pushing governments to adopt open policies, and hacking for social, environmental and humanitarian change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Condatos may be the most important regional conference on open data held in Latam, but it is undoubtedly a showcase of the diversity, ingenuity, vibrancy and perseverance of the changemakers in that historic yet energetic region.

Creative Commons was invited to a panel discussion on user licenses. Some of the innovative sessions that stood out were on Migrahack, health education in favelas in Brasil, a session on the Internet of Things, a hacking workshop, and mapping labs including one on using drones for mapping.

The two buildings of the conference venue were definitely symbolic of the dynamic nature of the gathering—the historic and gorgeous Biblioteca de México with Octavio Paz looking down on the young crowd and its high stone walls inscribed with words from the giants of Mexican literature were like bookends in time; the soaring, modernistic architecture of Cineteca Nacional were a nod to the exponential change in thinking and practice that was being hacked by the young crowd.

We are grateful for the chance to present our vision for a public commons of information that can both drive and be driven by the energy and innovation on display at the conference, and are thrilled at the new partnerships that hold promise for further expansion of the powerful concepts of open and sharing.

To the extent possible under law, Puneet Kishor has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to all photos and PDF in this blog post.

Przegląd linków CC #151

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Otwarta edukacja 1. Rządowy “Nasz Elementarz” doczekał się pierwszego remiksu od wydawnictwa, które na jego bazie stworzyło darmowy, interaktywny kurs. Tymczasem w prasie pojawiają się informacje o problemach z elementarzem w szkołach, gdzie “wychowawcy klas pierwszych proszą rodziców o zbieranie pieniędzy na dodatkowe książki i ćwiczenia, bo rządowy podręcznik nie wystarcza lub jest źle skonstruowany”. Wydaje się, że wdrożeniu podręcznika przeszkadza bardziej […]

Creative Commons goes (even more) virtual

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I’m writing to announce that Creative Commons is closing its office in Mountain View, CA. For most people reading this, the news will hardly come as a surprise. We’ve always been a virtual organization. Although we have a group of staff in the Bay Area, we have full-time staff in six US States and two […]

Streaming Aesthetics Word Cloud

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Images of successive word clouds of counts of artistic terms on Twitter. Via the Straming API, in Processing. The counts update every five seconds and a new word cloud is generated, the drawing of which is animated. Due to the…Read more ›


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The first wiki[pedia]2journal article has been published: Dengue fever Wikipedia article, peer-reviewed version (PDF). Modern medicine comes online: How putting Wikipedia articles through a medical journal’s traditional process can put free, reliable information into as many hands as possible is the accompanying editorial (emphasis added): As a source of clinical information, how does Wikipedia differ […]

We Want an Editorial Board for NZCommons

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In the middle of the year, we launched NZCommons, a community site for information and discussion on opening New Zealand’s culture and knowledge for sharing and reuse. As the site develops, we want it to be of use to as many communities as possible, including teachers, librarians, data users, government employees, researchers, students, artists and […]

Creative Commons goes (even more) virtual

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I’m writing to announce that Creative Commons is closing its office in Mountain View, CA.

For most people reading this, the news will hardly come as a surprise. We’ve always been a virtual organization. Although we have a group of staff in the Bay Area, we have full-time staff in six US States and two Canadian provinces, not to mention the regional coordinators and affiliates all over the world.

The photo above was taken a few weeks ago, at the September CC Salon event in San Francisco. There are a few people missing, but I still love it because it’s the closest thing we’ve had to a complete staff photo since I’ve been with Creative Commons. It’s also a reminder that we’re a diverse, global organization.

Being a distributed team lets us spend more time interacting with the people who use Creative Commons tools and share our mission. We’re embedded in communities of hackers, lawyers, artists, and social change activists, all communities that our mission relies upon.

See our Contact page for updated contact information. If you have any questions about the change, feel free to drop us a line.


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「媒體」廣義來看,即為媒介,舉凡所有傳遞訊息的載體,皆可屬之。近年來,公民參與意識抬頭,廣為提倡「媒體近用(media access)」概念,主張公眾有接近使用媒體的自由。所謂「媒體近用」,根據文化部影視及流行音樂產業局提及:依據公平的原則,讓每一個人與多元的社會 團體,有機會在媒體上,發表自己對於公共議題的想法。 上述基礎奠基於1984年「聯合國人權宣言」內容。不難想見,媒體在民主社會的重要性,即在於能建構一個自由的公共場域,讓公眾能有一定程度的機會接近並使用各種類樣的媒體,以參與呈現多元觀點。這也是媒體近用的價值所在。 關鍵字:媒體近用、創用CC授權、公眾授權、開放授權 2014-10-03T07:04:18Z emyleo

Department of Education Announces “First In the World” Grants to Create Openly Licensed Learning Materials

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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education announced the awarding of $75 million in educational grants to 24 universities through its First in the World (FITW) program. FITW provides “grants to institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes and make college more affordable for students and families, and to develop an evidence base of effective practices.” The FITW program includes the requirement that any works created with its funds be made available under an open license.

[免費] 創用CC影展 活動開跑

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今年主要向影音領域創作領域推廣公眾授權的概念,所以特別規劃「創用CC影展+映後座談」推廣活動。希望讓學生與創作者瞭解目前自由文化的國際趨勢,進而將創用CC授權這類授權工具運用於創作中,以利創作散佈。 共有三場(政大、台大、東吳),每場次安排觀賞自由文化議題影片(約1.5小時),搭配座談會(約1小時)。透過與現場參與者互動對談的方式,讓與會者能更深入思考自由文化、公眾授權的主題,並促進眾人對於此議題的討論。 活動完全免費,校外人士有興趣者皆可報名,歡迎大家共襄盛舉。 2014-10-02T09:02:20Z emyleo

Succesvol Kickstarter-project geeft iconen vrij

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Na een succesvolle Kickstarter-campagne heeft het Amsterdamse ontwerpbureau ‘The Artificial‘ afgelopen maand een serie iconen beschikbaar gesteld onder een Creative Commons Naamsvermelding 4.0 licentie. In totaal heeft het bureau 1170 iconen ontwikkeld die vrij te gebruiken zijn zolang de naam van het bureau en de licentie vermeld wordt. Alle iconen zijn te vinden op to [icon]. Het project […]

California enacts law to increase public access to publicly funded research

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On Monday California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 609–the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act. The law requires that research articles created with funds from the California Department of Public Health be made publicly available in an online repository no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. AB […]

Labor Secretary Perez Calls TAACCCT Open License Requirements “Indispensable”

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On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez jointly announced the most recent winners of grants through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program. This initiative funds community colleges and other educational institutions to expand and create education and career training programs, and All new resources are required to be made available under Creative Commons licenses.

Hewlett Foundation Verplicht gebruik Creative Commons bij alle nieuwe studies

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De Hewlett Foundation is een groot Amerikaans fonds dat jaarlijks rond de 200 miljoen dollar aan subsidie verstrekt om o.a.  open onderwijs te versterken en te vernieuwen. Het fonds stelt nu verplicht dat alle producten die gemaakt worden in projecten die (mede-)gefinancierd worden door het fonds met een Creative Commons Naamsvermelding 4.0 (CC BY) licenties beschikbaar […]


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為 了豐富公眾領域的內容,創用CC近年致力於推動公眾領域標章(Public Domain Mark,PDM)以及公眾領域貢獻宣告(CC0 Public Domain Dedication,CC0)兩工具,並且持續關注世界各國對於此二工具的使用情形。日前,美國政府公開表態支持適用公眾領域貢獻宣告(CC0 Public Domain Dedication,CC0)於一些聯邦政府著作。 白宮發布了美國開放資料行動計畫(U.S. Open Data Action Plan),重申他們相信「自由進用來自美國政府的數據、資料是一項重要的國家資產,而有關政府運作等的資訊得以迅速被民眾接近並使用是作為他們承諾成為 更具效率以及公開透明政府的核心」。這份文件中概述了關於美國政府對於政府資料朝向容易接近及使用的方向發展之承諾,以及一些關於美國聯邦機構如何分享政 府資訊的相關文件。 2014-09-30T16:00:00Z vilyak

Ας ενωθούμε για να προωθήσουμε την ανοικτή πρόσβαση σε όλο τον κόσμο

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Diego Gomez, ένας κολομβιανός μεταπτυχιακός φοιτητής, αντιμετωπίζει σήμερα μέχρι και οκτώ χρόνια στη φυλακή για να κάνει κάτι που χιλιάδες ερευνητές κάνουν κάθε μέρα: ποστάρουν τα αποτελέσματα της έρευνας σε απευθείας σύνδεση για όσους δεν θα έχουν άλλο τρόπο πρόσβασης σε αυτά. Εάν η ανοικτή πρόσβαση ήταν προεπιλογή για την επιστημονική επικοινωνία, περιπτώσεις όπως Diego θα είχε καταστεί άνευ αντικειμένου. Continue Reading

California enacts law to increase public access to publicly funded research

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On Monday California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 609–the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act. The law requires that research articles created with funds from the California Department of Public Health be made publicly available in an online repository no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. AB 609 is described as the first state-level law requiring free access to publicly funded research. It is similar to the federal National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy. The bill has been making its way through the California legislature since being introduced by Assemblyman Brian Nestande in February 2013. Nestande’s office announced the passage yesterday.

The law applies to grantees who receive research funds from the Department of Public Health, and those grantees are responsible for ensuring that any publishing or copyright agreements concerning manuscripts submitted to journals fully comply with AB 609. For an article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, the grantee must ensure that an electronic version of the peer-reviewed manuscript is available to the department and on an appropriate publicly accessible database approved by the department within 12 months of publication in the journal.

Congratulations to California, the leadership of Assemblyman Nestande, and the coalition of open access supporters who worked hard to make this law a reality.

Creative Commons: Trabajemos juntos

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Hoy, cuando las licencias Creative Commons parecen ser omnipresentes en Internet, a veces olvidamos que hay gente que no tiene idea de qué estamos hablando. Y es justo, pues la mayoría se encuentra con CC cuando está intentando solucionar algún problema. Por el contrario, es tarea nuestra explicar por qué Creative Commons es una mejor […]


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