Local Intern Gets Job, Blogs About Himself

Tim Hwang, June 11th, 2008

Along with the rest of the interns that descended on CC San Francisco offices a few days ago I’ve been requested to do one post introducing myself to the world before getting fully underway at the blog. So, without further ado…

Hi! I’m Tim Hwang. I got involved in IP freedom and tech policy issues while in college as a part of the Harvard chapter of Students for Free Culture. I worked on the (now suspended) Antenna Alliance experiment in promoting CC music, supported open access efforts in student theses, and most recently helped out on MIT’s research efforts on YouTomb.

Beyond that, I spent much of this year ignoring schoolwork and organizing ROFLCon, a celebration of internet celebrity and culture that went down in April this year. The event ended up being a ridiculously surreal time (what else could you expect from an exclusively LOLCat panel), and we’re planning a bunch of smaller events this summer. You can find me currently blogging at The U.S. Bureau of Fabulous Bitches, and can catch the inane minutiae on twitter @ timhwang.

But, all that aside, I’ll be here for the next few months working as a business development intern with CC guru Jon Phillips on developing metrics for tracking the adoption of licenses, developing case studies on companies that have implemented CC in recent years, and maintaining relationships with various interested organizations. So, stay tuned for more excitement (in the neat form of blog posts) throughout the coming weeks…

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CC’ing in SF in 08

Greg Grossmeier, June 11th, 2008

If all goes according to plan this should be my first post on the Creative Commons blog.  I’m going to take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you why you are going to have see my posts in the future.

My name is Greg Grossmeier and I am the Community Development Intern at Creative Commons this summer.  I am also a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information specializing in Information Policy.

When not doing academic things I spend my “Free” (as in Freedom) time working with the Open Source Software Community as the team leader of the Ubuntu Michigan Local Community Team along with being an active member of the Ubuntu Bug Control Team.  I’m also a volunteer for the OPEN:Michigan Initiative at the University of Michigan working on Open CourseWare.

My time at Creative Commons this summer will focus on Public Domain books and other written works with the Open Library Project along with producing Case Studies of the use of CC licenses by content creators.  I will be posting more about these topics later so I won’t spoil the fun by telling you everything now, just know that it is going to be a crazy fun summer for everyone!

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Doctorow: First CC-Licensed Work on NYT Best Sellers List/New Graphic Novel

Cameron Parkins, June 10th, 2008

Hyper awesome super CC-evangelist Cory Doctorow has had two great bits of news pop up in the past couple days, with the first being that his new novel, Little Brother (CC BY-NC-SA) has entered its 4th week on the New York Times Bestseller List! A huge accomplishment in its own right, we are especially excited as this is the first case of a CC-licensed novel entering the list, let alone staying there for 4 weeks. Per usual, you can download the novel here in PDF form.

In other Doctorow/CC news, Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now, “a six-edition series of comics adapted from [his] short stories by an incredibly talented crew of writers, artists, inkers and letterers” was recentlly released under a CC BY-NC-SA license, meaning you can mix it up as you see fit (get the PDF here) provided it is on a noncommercial basis. Congrats to Cory on both accomplishments!

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Timothy Vollmer and Rebecca Rojer are My 2008 CC Heroes

Jon Phillips, June 10th, 2008

And, you can be too! 2008 is half over. Seriously, this is a massively overdue in praise, adulation and support for Tim “TVOL” Vollmer and Rebecca “RRR” Rojer who started last summer 2007 at Creative Commons as interns along with the oustanding still-CC-blog-superstar Cameron Parkins tasked with specific projects all have seen through this blog.

Rebecca in Focus by Joi Ito
Rebecca Rojer, Original Photo by Joi Ito

Last summer I brought Tim on-board to work on developing the LiveContent project which he successfully masterminded through two iterations to date. Along the way he was responsible for massively cleaning up old content from the prior Creative Commons website (can you find on Wayback Machine and comment on this post with url?) and doing huge amounts of what we affectionately called “wikifarming.”

TVOL in focus, by Joi Ito
Timothy Vollmer, Original Photo by Joi Ito

And, Rebecca, came on-board CC to work on the Marking project which focused on creating creative assets for marking works with CC licenses. Once I figured out how awesome Rebecca was at creating graphics with my beloved Inkscape and Gimp, Rebecca helped revolutionize how CC works with external projects to create mockups and other ways to make Creative Commons integration clear, and that helped relieve Alex Roberts (CC’s Real Design Guru).

Sharing Creative Works Last Slide is in the Public Domain
Rebecca led the efforts to create the “Sharing Creative Works” comics

And, the Summer of Curry ended, and TVOL and Rebecca had done so much work, I couldn’t imagine working CC full-time without their help. I found a way to hire them as Business Development Assistants part-time while they were both in school. All along the way, they excelled at all tasks given, became great friends of all those working at CC, and helped develop amazing infrastructure like their combined efforts on the Documentation project, countless integration of CC projects (which you may or may not see), and raised the general level of community and business development for Creative Commons globally far beyond what I’m writing about in this blog post.

This first chapter of Tim and Rebecca’s work at CC has just recently come to a close. Tim recently graduated from University of Michigan’s School of Information and has taken a job as a technology policy analyst at American Library Assocation (ALA). Rebecca is heading back to Harvard to finish up after going offline for the summer (See what Jon Phillips can drive people to do!). And, just as I have returned from my Chinese base in Guangzhou for the Summer of Curry 2 (Summer Interns) in Creative Commons San Francisco office, I’m saddened to not have my comrades Tim and Rebecca here in all things CC. Thus, I wanted to express my deepest congratulations and respect to Tim Vollmer and Rebecca Rojer as they enter a new chapter. And, as Glenn Otis Brown, now at Youtube, has shown us: once CC, always CC ;).

Coming shortly in another post, welcome to the summer class of 2008 interns for Creative Commons doing Community and Business Development…
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cc-licensed music on CC’s Myspace page!

Allison Domicone, June 10th, 2008

We wanted to recognize and celebrate the hard work and talent of musicians all over the world registering their songs under cc licenses – so we now feature a handful of such songs on CC’s Myspace page. CC’s page on this social network site receives a steady flow of visitors each day, and posting songs there will allow visitors to see (and hear!) first-hand how well-received CC’s work has been in the music world.

The song selection will change from time to time and we would definitely appreciate suggestions of cc-licensed tunes produced by you or a musical artist you know. Make suggestions via “Send Message” on the Creative Commons Myspace page. Be sure to drop by soon to hear cool tunes from talented musicians around the world!

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ccNewsletter #7 – Science Commons

Melissa Reeder, June 9th, 2008

The ccNewsletter #7 is now available for download. This edition highlights Science Commons, the project of Creative Commons dedicated to bringing the sharing and reuse principles CC brought to the world of culture, to scientific research.

Also, a BIG thank you to CC Philippines for designing the newsletter and to all of you for keeping up on CC news.

To receive our bi-monthly newsletter via email, please sign up here.

Cover Design by Berne Guerrero; licensed under CC-BY 3.0

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Two Bits

Cameron Parkins, June 9th, 2008

Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software is a new book by Christopher Kelty that explores the “history and cultural significance of Free Software”, narrating a time line about “the people and practices that have transformed not only software, but also music, film, science, and education” in contemporary society. Released in print by Duke University Press, Two Bits is also licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA license, making the text remixable, reusable, and in general more fluid.

Kelty goes a step further in promoting this exchange of ideas in the Two Bits’ associated website, recursivepublic.net. In an introductory post, Kelty lays the groundwork for his argument, looking at how the Free Software movement has incited ‘modulations’ or how “the practices of Free Software have been used as templates and taken up in areas close to and far from Free Software”. He cites CC as a ‘modulation’ of the Free Software ethos for “music, film and culture” and encourages people to contribute their thoughts and ideas on the matter online in the form of new essays, articles, and opinions, not only remixing his ideas, but riffing off them to create entirely new ones. It will be very interesting to see how this develops, especially in regards to new methods of scholarly engagement. From RP:

But it isn’t all about me: I’m looking for stuff in our collective conceptual space. Articles, published or not, and ideas for projects that come from any of the fields we play in: science studies, anthropology, media studies, history, sociology, legal studies, information studies, philosophy etc. I have a few works lined up that I will try to highlight over the next few months, and hopefully that will give people some ideas about where to take it.

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CC Talks With: Lingro

Cameron Parkins, June 9th, 2008

Lingro is a project that aims to create an online environment that will allow anyone, in reading a foreign language website, a quick and easy means to translate words they don’t understand. Simple in concept, yet profound in implication, Lingro (which we have blogged about twice before) uses open dictionaries and user-submitted, CC BY-SA licensed, definitions to expand its ever-growing database. We recentlly caught up with co-founder Paul Kastner and were able to discuss in-depth the philosophies behind Lingro, how it accomplishes what it does, how it uses CC licenses, and what its future holds.

What is Lingro’s history? How did it get started? Who is involved?

The idea to create a new kind of on-line dictionary which would help people learn languages was conceived by my co-founder, Artur Janc. A few years ago, Artur was practicing his Spanish by reading Harry Potter y la piedra filosofál. He had taken all the advanced Spanish courses at the university where he was studying, and like most students, had a good grasp on the grammar and core vocabulary of the language. When he started reading, he found that while he could understand the structure of the writing, there were so many words he hadn’t come across before that he was spending more time looking up words in a dictionary than actually reading!
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Theory and Practice of Online Learning, Second Edition

Jane Park, June 9th, 2008

Back in 2004, Athabasca University released the e-version of the Theory and Practice of Online Learning for free online. Now the second edition of the book is out, also available in eBook form under the same license, CC BY-NC-ND. All chapters of the book have been updated with an addition of four new chapters on stuff like “connectivism and social software innovations”. The book is also available for sale in softcover.

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Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Wiki Launched

Jane Park, June 6th, 2008

Thanks to The Wired Campus, I recently stumbled across this new wiki whilst looking for a visualization tool for a ccLearn research project. The new wiki is called Digital Research Tools, also known as DiRT. DiRT is edited by a team of librarians from Rice University’s Digital Media Center and Sam Houston State University’s Newton Gresham library. Basically, DiRT reviews the myriad research tools available for free (and some for profit) on the internet in a human-readable way, so that “professors, students, think-tankers, corporate intelligence gatherers, and other inquisitive folks [can] do their work better.” These “snapshot reviews” are immensely helpful for even seasoned researchers, since the web is always popping up with new open source tools. To see a list of tools in DiRT’s queue and to add your own, check out their del.icio.us page.

So far, the reviews cover tools that allow you to analyze texts, author interactive works, collect and visualize data, conduct linguistic research, and more. All current and future reviews are licensed CC BY.

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