Creative Commons International and Wikimedia Germany in closer collaboration, shared office space
Michelle Thorne, December 9th, 2008
Building on existing collaborations with local Wikimedia projects, Creative Commons International (CCi) will be moving its current office in Berlin-Mitte to Berlin-SchĂ¶neberg to share workspace with Wikimedia Germany. The move reflects the organizationsâ€™ growing efforts and long-standing mutual support.
Wikimedia Germany, the first independent national Wikimedia chapter, is known the world over for its high quality articles and exemplary member participation, leading the first international Wikimedia conference â€śWikimaniaâ€ť in 2005 in Frankfurt am Main and establishing Wikipedia Academies in 2006.
â€śThe free culture and free content communities in Germany are incredibly strong, and this collaboration will help build bridges across projects, people, and resources. It is my hope that these ties will extend to community members worldwide.â€ť CCi Director Dr. Catharina Maracke remarks.
CCi works closely with other local Wikimedia chapters, including Wikimedia Serbia, one of the institutional hosts of the CC Serbia project, and Wikimedia Indonesia, which will shortly begin porting the CC licenses to Indonesian law. Nordic CC and Wikimedia communities are also strengthening ties, as demonstrated by the recent “free society” conference FSCONS, organized by CC Sweden, Wikimedia Sweden, and the Free Software Foundation Europe.
Beginning December 10, 2008, the CCi office will be based in Eisenacher StraĂźe 2, 10777 Berlin, Germany.
About Wikimedia Germany
The organization Wikimedia Germany (Wikimedia Deutschland â€“ Gesellschaft zur FĂ¶rderung Freien Wissens e.V.) was founded in June 2004 by active contributors to the free encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Its mission is to foster Free Knowledge through information and education in general and through the support of diverse projects led by volunteers who are making knowledge freely available to everyone. Wikimedia Germany focuses its efforts on Wikipedia and related projects driven by the Wikimedia Foundation. For more information, please visit http://wikimedia.de/.
About Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the â€śall rights reservedâ€ť concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary â€śsome rights reservedâ€ť approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, the Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.
Dr. Catharina Maracke
Creative Commons International