It’s July 20, 1969. Along with 600 million people, nine-year-old Chris Hadfield is glued to his television—watching intently as American astronaut Neil Armstrong glides down the ladder of the Lunar Module, and in one swift pounce, touches the dust of a familiar yet alien world. His words forever immortalized, “That’s one small step for man, … Read More “From Historic Images to Galactic Datasets: A Look at NASA’s Mission to Be Open”
Victoria is a researcher with a creative edge—using effective communication tools and techniques to increase accessibility to global issues and policies.
Before joining Creative Commons, she worked in content creation and knowledge translation roles at the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) and MaRS Discovery District, and has conducted policy research for the Womenpreneur Initiative, Project Vote Smart, and the Munk School. She is currently a volunteer researcher at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute. Her primary focus of research and writing has been the intersections of society, technology, and security.
You can usually find her wandering around Toronto with her Nikon in one hand and a mocha in the other, listening to BBC radio and talking to strangers. ☕️
Photo credit: Hannah Rosen, CC BY
We’re pleased to announce that Alexis Muscat returns to Creative Commons (CC) as our Legal and Policy Intern this summer. Over the next 10 weeks, Alexis will work closely with our Open Policy Manager, Brigitte Vézina on law and policy research projects that support our mission and community. We can’t wait to get started! Meet … Read More “Welcome Our Summer 2020 Policy Intern”
Thousands of strangers working together, almost entirely online, to effectively solve an urgent, global challenge is remarkable—and it’s happening, right now. Recently, we published a post titled, “Open-Source Medical Hardware: What You Should Know and What You Can Do” examining the collaborative efforts by volunteer groups, universities, and research centers to solve the medical supply … Read More “Just One Giant Lab Co-Founder Leo Blondel on the Power of Community and Open Source During COVID-19”
Since the founding of Creative Commons (CC) in 2001, we’ve been supported by like-minded organizations and individuals who value open access, the open community, and the global commons as much as we do. As we near our 20th anniversary, we are reflecting on the past and planning for the future. What better way to do … Read More “Open Access in Practice: A Conversation with President Larry Kramer of The Hewlett Foundation”
You’ve heard the stories: engineers 3D printing face shields in their basements; do-it-yourself hobbyists sewing face masks; and fashion designers crafting personal protection gowns. Globally, people are trying to help fill the medical supply gap caused by the COVID-19 pandemic through open-source medical hardware. It’s a heartwarming display of global ingenuity, innovation, and collaboration. In this … Read More “Open-Source Medical Hardware: What You Should Know and What You Can Do”
In response to the global health emergency caused by COVID-19, we’ve seen an array of organizations, publications, and governments make COVID-19 related research open access. For example, the U.S. National Library of Medicine recently released the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)—a machine-readable coronavirus literature collection with over 29,000 articles available for text and data mining … Read More “Dr. Lucie Guibault on What Scientists Should Know About Open Access”
Over the weekend, news emerged that upset even the most ardent skeptics of open access. Under the headline, “Trump vs Berlin” the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported that President Trump offered $1 billion USD to the German biopharmaceutical company CureVac to secure their COVID-19 vaccine “only for the United States.” In response, Jens Spahn, the … Read More “Now Is the Time for Open Access Policies—Here’s Why”
Over the last few days, a growing number of organizations have shut down their offices and told employees to work from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here at Creative Commons (CC), we’ve also taken necessary precautions such as postponing all work-related travel and canceling the in-person component of the annual CC … Read More “We’re a Fully Remote Nonprofit; Here’s Some Advice on Working From Home”
Storytelling is a powerful tool because it can change perceptions and inspire action—and images are an essential component. As Depression-era American photojournalist and documentarian Dorothea Lange said, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Unfortunately, finding high-quality and diverse openly licensed images, particularly those of women, is a … Read More “The Hewlett and Packard Foundations Share Women’s Stories Through Openly Licensed Images”
The Smithsonian—the world’s largest museum and research institution—announced yesterday Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative that removes copyright restrictions from 2.8 million digital collection 2D and 3D images and nearly two centuries of data. This major initiative uses CC0—Creative Commons’ public domain dedication tool—to make millions of images and data freely available to the public. “Our … Read More “Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images + Data into the Public Domain Using CC0”