ccSalon SF Next Wednesday! (4/15/09)

Allison Domicone, April 8th, 2009

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If you’re located in the Bay Area, we hope you’ll be able to join us at the next ccSalon SF, where we will hear from three presenters talking about their international projects:

* Miquel Hudin Balsa, Co-Founder of Maneno, a blogging and communication platform built to meet the needs of the Sub-Saharan blogger and writer.

* David Harris, Executive Director of Global Lives Project, an international collaboration of filmmakers, designers, architects, activists, and institutions to chronicle 24 hours in the life of ten individuals from around the globe, forming an innovative video installation and collaborative online video encyclopedia.

* Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Founder and Director of Global Oneness Project, which seeks to explore how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in our increasingly complex world by creating a “living library” of films chronicling the courageous lives of people passionate about sustainability, conflict resolution, spirituality, art, economics, indigenous culture, and social justice.

Light refreshments will be provided, and since we rely on the generosity of our community to keep us afloat, we’ll be accepting donations for CC at the door.

When: Wednesday, April 15, 7-9pm
Where: PariSoMa (map and directions). Plenty of street parking is available. Please note, the space is located up two steep flights of stairs, and unfortunately does not currently have elevator access.

No RSVP required, but check out the event posting on Upcoming and Facebook. We hope to see you there!

CC Salons are global events, and anyone can start one, no matter where you live. We encourage you to check out our resources for starting your own salon in your area.

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Accountant ready to be a Controller?

Jennifer Yip, April 7th, 2009

Please check out our updated job posting for a full-time controller. Amid our search for a senior accountant, we realized that this role will involve a higher level of responsibility and management skill. The person in this position will assume responsibility for all of our accounting and finance requirements, just as we finish our 2008 audit process. The controller will take the lead on maintaining and building CC’s accounting and finance department.

We would like to encourage the accountant or assistant controller who is ready to be the sole financial expert for our 501c3 to apply by April 20. The position would start ASAP.

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Buy art, support CC: 20×200 benefit edition now available!

Allison Domicone, April 7th, 2009

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Love art and CC? Head over to the 20×200 homepage and check out this special benefit edition by designer Matt Jones, just released. Proceeds from the sale of these exhibition-quality art prints will go to benefit Creative Commons; so for as little as $20 you’ll have the opportunity to acquire this special edition work, all the while supporting CC. The prints are going fast, so hurry and secure yours before they run out!

Thank you to Matt Jones for his generosity in selecting CC as the beneficiary for his special 20×200 edition, and thanks to everyone taking advantage of this unique opportunity to support CC.

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ccLearn Recommendations: Increase Funding Impact

Ahrash Bissell, April 7th, 2009

In these tough economic times, getting a great return on an investment can be difficult to achieve. However, increasing the impact of investments in open educational resources (OER) is pretty easy – simply adopt a policy that strongly encourages or requires education grantees to disseminate their resources under one of the Creative Commons licenses, ideally the most permissive CC license, CC BY. The fewer legal constraints on use there are, the greater the impact that is likely to be achieved.

This overarching recommendation comes from the new document entitled, Increase Funding Impact, part of the ccLearn Recommendations series. We are hoping that any organization that supports education will embrace the advantages of open education, thereby enhancing the access and reusability of educational resources for everyone who might benefit. But we are especially interested in having funders of OER encourage their grantees to produce resources that are freely adaptable, reusable, repurposable, and redistributable by anyone, which is easily achieved through the use of one of the Creative Commons licenses. We anticipate that the impact of OER will grow exponentially in the coming years, reaching into new communities and providing enormous educational opportunities all over the world – a truly great return for any investment.

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Announcing ccLearn Productions—Recommendations, Explanations, and Step by Step Guides

Jane Park, April 7th, 2009

ccLearn is constantly getting requests from people—teachers, heads of organizations, and people just curious about how it all works in general. (Open licensing in education? What purpose does that serve? How do I attach licenses to my resources anyway?) These requests are more for brief overviews and instructions than for long, detailed reports about the philosophy behind licensing or OER, which, though necessary, are not particularly useful when you need to distill a concept to a roomful of open education newbies in half an hour or less.

We haven’t been turning a deaf ear; on the contrary, we have been in production mode all the while. ccLearn Productions consists of a variety of documents and media, including three new document series, ccLearn Recommendations, ccLearn Explanations, and ccLearn Step by Step Guides.

The ccLearn Recommendations series provides best practices, advice, recommendations, and guiding principles for OER, CC, and related issues. The ccLearn Explanations series distills key concepts or explores interesting issues for outreach and awareness building for OER and ccLearn. The ccLearn Step by Step Guides provides detailed and recipe-like guidance to specific actions of interest to the OpenEd community.

The aim of the three series is to spark initial interest in OER, while still relaying accurate and meaningful information that can be put to good and immediate use. However, like most, if not all, educational resources, these documents are by no means final or summative. They are meant to serve as starting points, licensed openly for future iteration and improvement.

Three productions, one from each series, have recently come to fruition:

ccLearn Recommendations:
Publishing Your Open Educational Resources on the Internet
These are best practices for properly specifying terms of use (TOU) and copyright licenses for any site hosting Open Educational Resources (OER).

ccLearn Explanations:
Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons Licensing
If you are a teacher or creator of educational resources, this primer gives you an introduction to the concepts of open education, Creative Commons licensing, and other issues pertinent to putting your educational materials on the Internet.

ccLearn Step by Step Guides:
Applying Creative Commons licenses to your educational resources
This is a very basic step-by-step guide for people who want to apply Creative Commons (CC) licenses to their educational resources, thus making them open educational resources (OER).

All three productions (and future ones) are licensed CC BY, free for you to reproduce, adapt, translate, remix, or redistribute accordingly. We have made them available in both PDF and Open Document Format (for OpenOffice). If you make a particularly compelling or contextually rich adaptation, please feel free to let us know, as we would love to link to derivatives. Additional documents in these series are being planned or already underway.

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The Free Music Archive Launches

Fred Benenson, April 6th, 2009

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On Saturday WFMU celebrated the launch of its new website, The Free Music Archive.

Today, the community opens its doors to the public though is still in beta for now.

Since there is so much content on the site, the FMA is featuring particular curators such as WFMU, KEXP, and dublab.

So go register an account, and start downloading some of the 5,000 tracks already posted, or search by license type (special kudos to WFMU for incorporating some non-standard license search options here), and help one of the world’s greatest independent stations thrive on the net!

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ccNewsletter #12

Allison Domicone, April 2nd, 2009

ccNewsletter #12

Spring is a time for new beginnings, and April’s newsletter will catch you up on all of CC’s many exciting new projects in addition to several milestones marking our continued growth and development as a leader of openness in the realms of science, education and culture, as well as internationally. This newsletter is chock full of interesting items, including the launch of CC Zero; updates from several international jurisdictions; GreenXchange, a project of CC, Nike and Best Buy; a new site for OpenEd that will provide valuable resources for the open education movement; and even a CC-licensed animated feature film.

As always, thank you to our CC Philippines team for the beautiful PDF version. Check out all the past issues.

Stay in touch with us! Sign up to receive the newsletter via email and subscribe to our events list.

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2009 Google Policy Fellowships

Fred Benenson, April 2nd, 2009

We’re excited to announce the recipient of our Google Policy Fellowship for the Summer 2009 is Aurelia Schultz of Vanderbilt University Law School. You’ll hear more about what she’ll be working on shortly.

We also wanted to extend our congratulations to Brian Rowe, our 2008 CC legal intern for nabbing Public Knowledge‘s GPF position. You can read about all the other fellows over at the Google Policy blog. Congratulations to all the fellows and thanks again to Google for sponsoring such a fantastic program!

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250,000 Images Donated to the Commons

Michelle Thorne, April 2nd, 2009

Not wanting April Fool’s Day to overshadow this announcement, we’re posting today about the 250,000 images recently donated to Wikimedia Commons, a sister project of Wikipedia.

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The images, part of the German Photo Collection at Saxony’s State and University Library (SLUB), are being uploaded with corresponding captions and metadata. Afterward, volunteers will link the photos, all available under Germany’s ported CC BY-SA 3.0 license or in the public domain, to personal identification data and relevant Wikipedia articles. The collection depicts scenes from German history and daily life.

As a bonus for the donating library, the metadata supplied by the German Photo Collection will be expanded and annotated by Wikipedia users, and the results will be seeded back into the collection’s database.

The donation marks the first step in a collaboration between SLUB and Wikimedia Germany e.V., the pioneering Wikimedia chapter who faciliated a similar 100,000-image-strong cooperation with the German Federal Archives last December.

Fotothek df n-06 0000031.jpg” by Eugen Nosko,  provided to Wikimedia Commons by the Deutsche Fotothek of the Saxon State Library (SLUB) as part of a cooperation project. The file is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License.

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20×200 Benefit Edition: Buy Art, Support CC

Allison Domicone, April 1st, 2009

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On Tuesday, April 7th, 20×200, a project started by Jen Bekman that produces affordable, exhibition quality art prints and sells them exclusively online, will release a special benefit edition by designer Matt Jones with proceeds to benefit Creative Commons. This is an incredible way to support CC, so be sure to sign up for the twice-weekly 20×200 newsletter to to be among the first to collect Matt’s print for as little as $20. Popular editions often sell out via the mailing list before they’re even available on the 20×200 homepage, so add yourself to the list for your best shot at getting one of Matt’s prints and supporting CC in this unique way.

We are honored that Matt Jones has chosen CC as the beneficiary for his special 20×200 edition, and as always, we are extremely grateful for the generous support of our community! Find out about all the ways you can support CC and participatory culture.

Also, if you’re in San Francisco, you can check out the 20×200 Collector’s Confab, a cocktail party co-hosted by 20×200 and Chronicle Books on Monday, April 6, from 6-8pm, at Chronicle Books in San Francisco (Map and Directions). Space is limited, so please RSVP via Facebook or Upcoming, or send an email to rsvp [at] 20×200.com.

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