The Outcomes Star System

Cameron Parkins, November 14th, 2008

The Outcomes Star System is a “tool for measuring the outcomes of work with homeless people,” specifically designed for use by homeless charities. The Outcomes Star System focuses on “an approach to measuring change” on 10 different criteria, the theory being that by following The Outcomes Star System, outreach to the homeless can be approached with pragmatism and a level of success.

Homeless Outcomes, the group behind the Star System, has published their entire website under a CC BY-NC-SA license, including the Star System. By allowing these files to be easily shared and reused legally, Homeless Outcomes is empowering other groups by offering them a free and open system to help enact social change. You can see the Outcomes Star re-posted below:

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Games for the Brain

Cameron Parkins, November 14th, 2008

Games for the Brain is a fun site that features a number of memory, quiz, and brain games all released under a CC BY-NC-SA license. A number of the games are embeddable, making them easily available for sharing while others reuse previously CC-licensed material. Whether it is an online destination to pass time, procrastinate, or hone your mental skills, Games for the Brain is a nice and simple addition to the growing landscape of CC-licensed content.

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We met wikiHow’s challenge in 4 days!

Melissa Reeder, November 14th, 2008

I’m thrilled to announce that we have far exceeded wikiHow’s matching challenge goal of raising $3000 in two weeks. We raised $3000 in 4 days! Thanks to wikiHow for their ongoing support (they’ve been CC supporters for 4 years running) and to our community members for helping us meet wikiHow’s challenge!

The campaign will end at midnight (PST) on December 31st, and it’s extremely important that we reach our goal by then. Please help us reach our $500,000 goal. If you work for a company that shares the same ideals – let them know they can run their own matching challenge. If interested please contact me at development@creativecommons.org.

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5 New Companies Support CC!

Melissa Reeder, November 13th, 2008

Transparency is of the utmost importance to us here at CC, especially when it comes to who is funding us. People ask me all the time how CC is funded, to which I answer: CC relies entirely on the community in order to stay afloat. The community being the individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, and institutions that believe the work CC does is important and necessary.

Today, I’m excited to announce five new corporate supporters: Nevo Technologies, Ebay, DotAsia, Safe Creative, and wikiHow. Each of these companies values the innovation that is made possible through openness and all five recognize that supporting CC is their way of helping sustain the architecture of that openness.

Please consider joining these companies and the hundreds of other individuals who have invested in the future of CC and participatory culture. If you work for a company that uses CC or supports the same ideals, please encourage them to invest in CC.

We have a little over a month and a half left and still have a long way to go to reach our goal of $500,000. We need your help – donate today!

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ccLearn Welcomes New Counsel

Jane Park, November 13th, 2008

ccLearn welcomes its very first legal counsel, Lila Bailey, who will join our current team of two in February of next year. We have been seeking a counsel for months, and though the process has been long, it has been thorough and patient. We feel confident that we have found an excellent match in Lila, who fulfills the necessary qualifications and also brings a vitality and passion to her forthcoming role as an advocate and counsel for open education.

Lila will join our San Francisco office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she practices Internet-related litigation and counseling, with a particular focus on novel copyright and privacy issues. Lila has also worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) where she was an Intellectual Property Fellow in 2007. She earned her Juris Doctor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) after graduating from Brown University with a BA in Philosophy.

With the busyness of the holidays ahead, we are delighted to head into the new year with Lila committed to our team.

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Onemedia Unconference

Greg Grossmeier, November 13th, 2008

If you can’t attend the Standford Open Source (Un)Conference this Friday because you are in London, you are in luck! There is another unconference option right in your city!

The Onemedia Unconference, which is being held in London today and tomorrow, is hoping to provide a venue for all who are interested in how new or multiple media technologies will transform the business landscape. The attendees of the conference will represent a variety of industries including TV, Film, Games, Animation, Mobile, Software, and Music industries.

Especially useful will be what is produced by the conference: a report that collects all of the unconference’s output from the wide breadth of topics that will be covered. The report will be provided under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license so attendees are free to share this report with others to allow for more enhanced discussion to happen.

If you are interested in how businesses are reacting to and creating new changes in the content arena you should check out the conference if able or at least the report when it is released.

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Stanford Open Source Lab (un)Conference this Friday

Mike Linksvayer, November 12th, 2008

The Stanford Open Source Lab is a nexus for people in the Stanford University community engaged with open source software, open access, and other forms of openness as users, developers, creators, and more. They’ve had an excellent workshop series, including a talk by ccLearn’s Ahrash Bissell, available online for your viewing pleasure.

This Friday the lab is hosting its first conference — free and open to the public. They’ve put together a list of speakers (including me), and there’s also a self-organizing unconference component.

If you’re in the area check it out.

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Into Infinity’s new “nesting” feature

Eric Steuer, November 12th, 2008

There’s more action at the online home of Into Infinity (see this previous post for a full description of the project). The new automated “nesting” page pulls in visual pieces of the show at random and embeds them within one another to create interesting combinations. Sometimes the results don’t quite make sense together, but I’ve been surprised by how often they turn out incredibly well. I hooked my laptop up to a large television this morning and let the page run for a couple of hours – my flatscreen never looked so arty.

Also, we just came across two videos by musician Keenan Gaynor that show him using Into Infinity’s Audio Mega-Mixer (see previous post) to mix the project’s sound loops and create new music on the fly. We’ll be adding more features to the mixer soon that will allow you to do things like record your jam sessions.

Thanks to Braydon Fuller, the powerhouse programmer behind all of Into Infinity’s online tools.

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Creative Commons and MuseumPods launch Podcast Publishing, Access, and Rights Survey

Eric Steuer, November 12th, 2008

We’re collaborating with MuseumPods, a company focused on helping museums and other institutions publish podcasts, on a project to learn more about the how members of the museum and education communities want to share the media they create. If you are affiliated with a museum – and particularly if your museum produces podcasts or is interested in doing so – we encourage you to spend a few minutes taking our Podcast Publishing, Access, and Rights Survey. Your responses will be used to help us make decisions about ways we can make it easier for musuems to mark their media with clear permissions. The data will also be aggregated later and shared online, but your answers will remain anonymous.

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CC Salon LA 11/11/08 recap

Eric Steuer, November 12th, 2008

Last night, we hosted another edition of our CC Salon series in Los Angeles. Dublab‘s Mark McNeill and Ale Cohen discussed their endeavors in Web radio, art, and film – as well as Into Infinity, the art and music exhibition they’re producing in collaboration with Creative Commons. Lucas Gonze gave a presentation about the economics of online music, which developed into an extended audience conversation about media business models and self-distribution. The night was a great success, with some of the most thoughtful interaction we’ve seen come out of these events. Thanks to the presenters, all of the attendees, and to Jonny Coleman of Found Gallery, who has graciously let us use his space for CC Salon LA for the past year.

There are a few photos of the event online at Flickr, in the creativecommoners CC Salon LA set.

Update: Thanks to Flavorpill for pointing people our way. Also thanks to boredLA for coming through, checking out what we’re all about, and posting a great event write-up.

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