This is a guest post by Jan Gondol.
In the midst of the European migrant crisis, the Czech Republic is showing the power of open educational resources (OER).
EDUin, a non-profit organization based in Prague worked with the Czech organization of civic education teachers to address the current migrant crisis. Students in schools were asking questions and wanted to understand what was going on. Why are so many people on the run? What is the difference between a refugee and a migrant? What is the difference between migration, emigration and immigration?
The teachers worked on developing the materials for Czech schools, and the resulting worksheets are now shared on their website (in the Czech language). These worksheets are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0, and there are different versions for ages 6-11 and ages 12-16.
“This activity shows that open educational resources can help react to a new situation very quickly in a way traditional textbooks cannot,” says Tamara Kováčová, coordinator of EDUin’s open education program. “Because of fast distribution, materials get to schools around the country in a matter of days. Teachers get support in time when they need it and teaching is up-to-date. Furthermore, it’s possible to join several school subjects together on phenomenon based learning principle.”Comments Off on European migrant crisis: Czech teachers create and share resources
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Over the weekend, the Czech Republic celebrated Liberation Day and officially introduced the complete Czech translation of Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture. The translation was the culminating work of fifty volunteers over three years, and was enabled by the CC BY-NC license of the original English publication. The Czech version is also available under the same license. Adam Hazdra, project initiator and coordinator, writes, “I hope it will contribute to the promotion of Creative Commons and free culture it aims to restore.”
Creators can now publish and share their creative works using CC’s free tools adapted to Czech language and law. CC Czech will be throwing an event to celebrate the launch in Prague’s DigiLab AVU on April 16 during the Multiplace festival.
CC Czech has gathered a lot of supporters since its inception last year. Besides the project’s institutional hosts, Iuridicum remedium, the National Library in the Czech Republic, and the Union of Independent Authors, CC Czech has also received endorsement from the Copyright Department of the Ministry of Culture and Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University of Prague. The team reports:
The joint forces of lawyers, librarians, musicians, teachers, artists, geeks, journalists and other specialists delivered not only what we were aiming for – the localized CC deeds and legal codes – but also proof that the ideas behind CC echo in many areas both professional and amateur. From archiving original Czech web content, to educational materials, to works from independent music producers and performers, CC opens up a wide spectrum of possibilities. There is no doubt the today’s launch is only the beginning of the Czech Creative Commons story.
Our congratulations and gratitude to CC Czech Project Leads Marek Tichy, Lukáš Gruber, and Petr Jansa for their efforts in consulting with Czech creators and legal experts to adapt CC’s licenses and tools. The launch marks the fifty-second jurisdiction worldwide to offer localized Creative Commons licenses.
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On behalf of CC Czech, we are pleased to announce that the draft of CC BY-NC-SA 3.0, adapted to Czech law (PDF), is now in public discussion. The CC Czech team, led by Marek Tichy, Lukáš Gruber, and Petr Jansa, have been working with Creative Commons International to port the CC licensing suite to Czech’s copyright law. The local CC project is affiliated with the reputable National Library, Iuridicum remedium, and the Union of Independent Authors, whose members are contributing to the assessment of the license draft.
As part of the public discussion, we warmly invite you to join CC Czech’s discussion list and share your comments with local and international legal experts. If you are interested in providing input for other local ports, several jurisdictions are currently discussing their license drafts as well, including Jordan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.Comments Off on Czech License Draft in Public Discussion