Actions we are taking to protect our staff and community
Due to the unprecedented global health emergency caused by COVID-19, Creative Commons has postponed all work-related staff travel and canceled the in-person component of the annual CC Global Summit in May. CC is a fully distributed organization, with staff working remotely in various countries around the world. CC is open and we continue our work.
Our work in promoting and facilitating Open Access
- Creative Commons has joined forces with other legal experts and leading scientists to offer the Open COVID Pledge, a simple way for universities, companies, and other holders of intellectual property rights to support the development of medicines, test kits, vaccines, and other scientific discoveries related to COVID-19 for the duration of the pandemic. The Open COVID Pledge grants the public free, temporary access to IP rights in support of solving the COVID-19 crisis, removing unnecessary obstacles to dissemination of the knowledge and inventions that could save lives and limit suffering.
- Creative Commons has partnered with UNESCO’s OER Dynamic Coalition and Global Education Coalition to help national governments the implement the UNESCO OER Recommendation. With 90% of the world’s students out of school and (some) learning online, open education is urgently needed to ensure everyone has access to quality, effective learning opportunities.
- Recognizing the urgent need for scientific research and data on COVID-19, we’re continuing to work with publicly funded organizations to:
- Adopt open access policies that require publicly funded research to be made available under an open license or dedicated to the public domain.
- To learn more about the importance of open access during this global emergency, see our post, “Now is the Time for Open Access Policies—Here’s Why.” (Thanks to CC Uruguay and CC Brazil, this article has been translated into both Español and Português.
- Ensure all publicly funded educational resources are openly licensed to facilitate dissemination of reliable, practical information to the public. See our post: Education in Times of Crisis and Beyond: Maximizing Copyright Flexibilities.
- Through our work in the Bassel Khartabil Fellowship, we’re supporting Tarek Loubani in his efforts to use open manufacturing to make urgently needed medical supplies and gear more easily and inexpensively available.
- Over 1.5 billion learners have been negatively affected due to school closures in response to the pandemic. The need for learning materials that are accessible at home is more urgent than ever. We are proud to partner with Translate a Story – an initiative translating children’s storybooks into multiple languages, so every child gets access to the books they need.
Resources for you and your community
We’re also creating and sharing resources that we hope will help members of our community successfully adapt to current global realities and stay informed. Please find these resources below. We will be updating them on a regular basis.
- Stopping the spread: You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking the steps outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO), including washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and social distancing. Learn more here.
- Finding Open Educational Resources (OER): The open education community has co-created Community Contributed OER for Teaching and Learning in the COVID-19 Era. There are multiple tabs on the spreadsheet providing links to: K-12 (primary / secondary) resources, OER repositories, OER toolkits, student support, online teaching, and more. It’s an open document—please contribute additional resources.
- Facilitating online meetings, classes, and events: There are many organizations and individuals compiling resources that you can use to move “offline” interactions “online.” We encourage you to check out this collaborative document curated by the Facilitators for Pandemic Response group that contains a variety of resources on facilitating online meetings, events, and more.
- Working from home: Many of you are working from home for the first time due to social distancing measures. As a fully remote nonprofit, we understand the challenges that come with working from home. To help both organizations and individuals adapt to this new way of working, we put together a post titled We’re a Fully Remote Nonprofit: Here’s Some Advice on Working From Home.
- Keeping kids engaged: To help parents keep their kids engaged and busy during school closures, educators and librarians are compiling educational resources and guides—from printable lessons to virtual “book clubs.” We recommend this collection of free-of-charge resources for kids compiled by the University of Arizona.
- Staying informed: It’s important to pay attention to updates coming directly from global and local health officials on the status of COVID-19, such as the WHO or the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as these are typically the most reliable sources of information