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CC News: The School of Open Is Back!

Elliot Harmon, July 24th, 2013

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School of Open

Round 2 of the School of Open starts August 5! Sign up for courses on copyright for educators, open science, and much more.

The Future of Creative Commons

The first decade of CC is over; what’s next? In our new publication The Future of Creative Commons, we lay out the top priorities in all the areas where we work.

Free! Music! Contest

Hey, CC musicians! You have only one more week to enter the Free! Music! Contest!

Autodesk logo

Autodesk announced that its support and learning content for its 2014 product line is now available under Creative Commons licenses.

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CC News: Enroll in the School of Open

Elliot Harmon, March 14th, 2013

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School of Open
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The wait is over. The School of Open is now in session. Enroll now in a facilitated course or learn at your own pace.

California Seal of the Assembly
California Seal of the Assembly
Edward Headington / CC BY

Big news from California: a new bill in the legislature would allow university students to take CC-licensed, online classes for credit.

Bassel
Bassel
Joi Ito / CC BY

As of this Friday, CC Syria lead Bassel Khartabil has been imprisoned for one year. Join us in urging that Bassel be freed.

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Open Education Week logo


It’s Open Education Week! Join us all week for webinars, events, and resources to celebrate the future of education.

 

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CC News: White House Supports Open Access

Elliot Harmon, February 28th, 2013

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Law Books
Law Books
Kolinio Niumataiwalu / CC BY-NC-SA

We’re nearing the finish line for version 4.0 of the CC license suite. Find out what’s new in Draft 3 and what issues are stil being discussed.

School of Open
School of Open logo

Join the School of Open! Our first classes are officially launching on March 11, as a part of the Open Education Week celebration.

Seal of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy
US Office of Science and Technology Policy
Public Domain

The White House has issued a groundbreaking directive supporting public access to publicly funded research.

Open Science Brainstorming
Open Science Brainstorming
Billy Meinke / CC BY

Creative Commons, PLOS, and OKFN hosted a course sprint last weekend to develop a new open science curriculum.

 

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CC News: Celebrate Ten Years of Creative Commons

Elliot Harmon, January 24th, 2013

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#cc10 Costa Rica
#cc10 Costa Rica
Adrián Coto / CC BY

Celebrate ten years of Creative Commons, and consider making an investment in the next ten.

Aaron Swartz
Aaron Swartz
Jacob Appelbaum / CC BY-SA

As a teenager, Aaron Swartz helped start Creative Commons. Join us in remembering a friend, ally, and inspiration.

Bassel
Bassel
Joi Ito / CC BY

Longtime CC volunteer Bassel Khartabil has been detained in Syria since March. Thanks to an international community of supporters, he now has family visitation rights. Join the campaign to free Bassel.

Open as in Books?
Open as in Books?
Alan Levine / CC BY-SA

This month, U.S. News and World Report ran an excellent article about the rise of open educational resources.

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CC News: British Columbia Embraces Open Textbooks

Elliot Harmon, October 23rd, 2012

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John Yap Announcement (cropped)
John Yap #opened12 Announcement (cropped)
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British Columbia has just announced a groundbreaking open textbook policy, providing for open textbooks for 40 popular college courses.

Open Access Week logo
Open Access Week logo
 

It’s open access week! Join Creative Commons and dozens of other organizations as we celebrate the OA movement.

School of Open logo
School of Open logo
 

On October 5, Creative Commons and P2PU convened community advocates and policy leaders to lay the curriculum framework for the School of Open.

Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace
Kaldari / CC0

On Ada Lovelace Day, CC CEO Cathy Casserly reflects on the importance of women in science and technology.

 

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CC News: #cc10 Is Coming

Elliot Harmon, September 25th, 2012

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#cc10 December 7-16
#cc10, December 7-16
 

#cc10 is coming! Get ready for a ten-day celebration of the history and future of Creative Commons.

Laptop
Laptop
Paul Cutler / CC BY-SA

Creative Commons is looking for an experienced, innovative, and technically inclined individual to drive product development at CC.

CC Iftar Iraq
CC Iftar Iraq
CC Iraq Community / CC BY

Since 2010, Arab world–based Creative Commons communities have celebrated Ramadan by organizing Creative Commons Iftars across the region.


Europeana logo
 

Europeana — Europe’e digital library — has released 20 million records into the public domain using the CC0 Public Domain Dedication. This release is the largest one-time dedication of cultural data to the public domain using CC0.

 

In other news:

  • We end on a sad note by remembering Lee Dirks, a strategist at Microsoft Research Connections and friend of the open access movement.

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CC News: Video Contest Winners Announced

Elliot Harmon, August 7th, 2012

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Why Open Education Matters
Why Open Education Matters
Blink Tower / CC BY

Watch the winning entries in our Why Open Education Matters video contest.

iSummit08: Jimmy Soriano
iSummit08: Jimmy Soriano
Tomislav Medak / CC BY

Jimmy Soriano of CC Philippines passed away last week and will be greatly missed by the CC community. Please join us in remembering Jimmy's passion and contributions to open culture.

Catherine Ngugi
Catherine Ngugi
Ibtihel Zaatouri / CC BY

In June, Creative Commons hosted a historic event — the first meetup of the African Creative Commons community.


Creative Commons instructions
(YouTube)

Creative Commons just reached an exciting milestone. As of July 25, there are four million Creative Commons–licensed videos on YouTube.

 

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  • We've just posted Draft 2 of Version 4.0 of the CC license suite. Learn what's new in 4.0 and what issues are still being discussed.
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CC News: Help Us Build a School of Open

Elliot Harmon, July 5th, 2012

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Help Us Build a School of Open

The School of Open is a collaboration between Creative Commons and P2PU (Peer 2 Peer University). Its aim is to provide easily digestible educational exercises, resources, and professional development courses that help individuals and institutions learn about and employ open tools, such as the CC licenses.

Why build a School of Open? Universal access to and participation in research, education, and culture is made possible by openness, but not enough people know what it means or how to take advantage of it. We imagine artists, educators, learners, scientists, archivists, and other creators improving their fields via the use of open tools and materials.

Participate in our upcoming events and find out how you can get involved with the School of Open.

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Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom
Holger Motzkau 2010 / Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons
CC BY-SA

Honoring Elinor Ostrom

A collective sigh of sadness went around the Creative Commons community last month when we heard that Elinor Ostrom passed away. Elinor is greatly admired for her pioneering studies on the governance of common-pool resources (the Commons) and collective action across the fields of economics, social science, politics and policy.

Her seminal book, Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, was published in 1990; however, Elinor’s work on common property began in the 1960s. Her studies showed that “ordinary people are capable of creating rules and institutions that allow for the sustainable and equitable management of shared resources,” and resources held in the commons may reduce potential over-use or under-investment, and so enable sustainability. At the time of publication it debunked the conventional thinking that ‘common-pool’ finite resources required ‘top down’ regulation or private ownership to maximize their utility and prevent depletion.

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Please Help Us Free Bassel, Open Source Developer and CC Volunteer

On March 15, 2012, Bassel Khartabil was detained in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh district of Damascus. Since then, his family has received no official explanation for his detention or information regarding his whereabouts. However, his family has recently learned from previous detainees at the security branch of Kafer Sousa, Damascus, that Bassel is being held at this location.

Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-born Syrian, 31, is a respected computer engineer specializing in open source software development, the type of contributions the Internet is built upon. He launched his career ten years ago in Syria, working as a technical director for a number of local companies on cultural projects like restoring Palmyra and Forward Syria Magazine.

Bassel Khartabil has been unjustly detained for nearly four months without trial or any legal charges being brought against him.

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In other news:

  • Attention musicians: it’s time for the fourth annual Free! Music! Contest. Enter your CC-licensed works and celebrate free music.
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CC News: Potential Impact of the World Bank’s Open Access Policy

Jane Park, June 6th, 2012

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Report from "What the World Bank's Open Access Policy Means for Development" panel

The World Bank hosted an event called What the World Bank’s Open Access Policy Means for Development. Participants included Peter Suber from Harvard University, Michael Carroll from American University (Mike is on the Board of Directors at Creative Commons), and Cyril Muller and Adam Wagstaff from the World Bank. The discussion was timely given the Bank’s recently-announced Open Access Policy and Open Knowledge Repository. The World Bank’s Open Access Policy requires that all research outputs and knowledge products published by the Bank be licensed Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) as a default. The conversation revolved around the impact and potential for World Bank research — and open access in general — for development in countries around the world. For example, how will access and reuse of research under an open access policy create opportunities to solve large global challenges such as climate change and hunger? Read more.

Mike Linksvayer
Mike Linksvayer by Joi
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A big thanks to Mike Linksvayer

Many of you know Mike Linksvayer, the first CTO and then Vice President of Creative Commons. Mike started at Creative Commons back in 2003 (almost a decade ago!), and since then has shepherded CC through a period of great expansion, providing leadership and support for efforts across various initiatives and around the world. He has also been a great help to all of us this past year, during the transition from part-time to full-time CEO. We can not begin to name everything that Mike has done, not only for Creative Commons, but for free and open culture generally, so we’ll just name a few, with the caveat that, if ever there was a jack of all trades, he is Mike Linksvayer. Since 2003, Mike has helped to… Read more.

Liberated Pixel Cup art contest launches

We now welcome artists to begin working on artwork for the art competition of the Liberated Pixel Cup! Zombies, potions, spaceships, werewolves, whatever! We're looking forward to seeing what contributions you can build to match the style guide. On that note, one of the primary goals of Liberated Pixel Cup was to create a clear style that many people could collaborate on. We're happy to announce that that style guide is released, along with some base assets to build off of and a fun "walkaround" demo that shows how the tiles can fit together. Read more.

In other news:

  • CC Costa Rica represented us at WIPO for the 9th session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) and made a statement on the public domain. Read it here.
  • COMMUNIA also explores the role of the digital public domain in its final report. For four years, COMMUNIA gathered over 50 members from academia and the CC community to research, promote, and preserve the digital public domain.
  • More than 25,000 people signed the U.S. petition to support public access to publicly funded scientific research.
  • The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO have published a report documenting government open educational resources (OER) policies.
  • CC Sweden designed a fantastic poster explaining Creative Commons and wants you to help translate it to other languages.
  • The Walters Museum recently uploaded 19,000 images to Wikimedia under CC BY-SA and in the public domain.
  • In education, the Saylor Foundation has expanded its $20,000 open textbook challenge to include the creation of new texts under CC BY. Interested academics may submit a brief statement about their proposed text.
  • Lastly, we hosted a successful conference for grantees of the $500 million U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT) program. Grantees learned how to implement the CC BY license requirement of the grant for their educational materials.

World Bank logos in banner are governed by other terms and not subject to the CC BY license.

 

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CC News: The Liberated Pixel Cup

Jane Park, May 9th, 2012

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The Liberated Pixel Cup: an epic contest for gaming freedom

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Liberated Pixel Cup, a free-as-in-freedom game authoring competition being launched in cooperation between Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, Mozilla, and OpenGameArt! Liberated Pixel Cup is a two-part competition: make a bunch of awesome free culture licensed artwork, and program a bunch of free software games that use it. Hopefully many cool projects can come out of this… but that will only happen if people like you get involved! Technically the project will run in three phases. Read more.

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World Bank announces Open Access Policy and launches Open Knowledge Repository under Creative Commons

The World Bank has announced a new Open Access Policy! Effective July 1, 2012, the Open Access Policy requires that all research outputs and knowledge products published by the Bank be licensed Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) as a default. As part of the first phase of this policy, the Bank launched a new Open Knowledge Repository with more than 2,000 books, articles, reports and research papers under CC BY. Read more.

Reminder to enter the Why Open Education Matters video competition

In March, Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Institute launched the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition. The goal of the competition is to raise awareness of Open Educational Resources (OER) and solicit short, creative videos that help explain what Open Educational Resources are and how they can be beneficial for teachers, students, and schools everywhere around the world. There’s been lots of interest in the competition, and we wanted to remind you that the deadline to submit your video is June 5, 2012. Read more.

In other news:

  • The Austrian government, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Italian Chamber of Deputies, and Harvard Library released their data using CC tools.
  • Nature Publishing Group also released publication data for more than 450,000 articles using CC0.
  • Musician Dan Bull released “Sharing is Caring” into the public domain using CC0. The song reached #9 on the UK independent chart.
  • CC's CEO, Cathy Casserly, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University for her contributions to open education.
  • The Data Journalism Handbook, a collaborative effort to help journalists find and use data for better news reporting led by the Open Knowledge Foundation, was published under a CC BY-SA license.
  • We launched the Creative Commons 3.0 Switzerland ported license suite. Huge thanks to the CC Switzerland team for their hard work and dedication in perfecting the Swiss ported licenses.
  • We are hosting a workshop on the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) at this year's Content in Context conference as part of the Metadata Lab on educational metadata adoption.
  • Lastly, we are seeking a Project Coordinator for Science and Data. Please forward to all qualified and interested folks!
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