Creative Commons reporting from the International Open Government Data Conference

Surburban Trends is one of the winners of the MashupAustralia Contest, and uses several CC BY licensed datasets. David Bollier writes in Viral Spiral, “Governments are coming to realize that they are one of the primary stewards of intellectual property, and that the wide dissemination of their work—statistics, research, reports, legislation, judicial decisions—can stimulate economic innovation, … Read More “Creative Commons reporting from the International Open Government Data Conference”

Governments demonstrating leadership in openness with Creative Commons

Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, Secretary General, ictQATAR / ictQATAR / CC BY Qatar’s Supreme Council for Information and Communication Technology, ictQatar, is among the many governments making waves by promoting openness and Creative Commons. During the welcome address at last weekend’s Digitally Open conference in Doha, the ictQATAR’s Secretary General Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber announced that … Read More “Governments demonstrating leadership in openness with Creative Commons”

New Dutch government portal uses CC0 public domain waiver as default copyright status

The Netherlands government has launched Rijksoverheid.nl, a new website that all Dutch ministries will migrate to (English; other links in this post are Dutch). Creative Commons Netherlands notes that the site’s copyright policy signals a seriousness about open sharing of public sector information — its default is to remove all copyright restrictions with the CC0 … Read More “New Dutch government portal uses CC0 public domain waiver as default copyright status”

Submit open content to the Sunlight Foundation's "Design for America" contest

The Design for America contest is the Sunlight Foundation‘s latest effort to modernize the United State’s information architecture and presentation. Their goal is “to make government data more accessible and comprehensible to the American public” by encouraging designers, artists, and programmers to reimagine government websites and to visualize government data and processes. Provided you meet … Read More “Submit open content to the Sunlight Foundation's "Design for America" contest”

National Broadband Plan outlines recommendations to enable online learning; should continue to address content interoperability concerns

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its long-awaited National Broadband Plan. The plan aims to “stimulate economic growth, spur job creation, and boost capabilities in education, healthcare, homeland security and more.” The FCC has taken particular interest in the power of broadband to support and promote online learning. We applaud the FCC for working to … Read More “National Broadband Plan outlines recommendations to enable online learning; should continue to address content interoperability concerns”

Victorian Government Commits to CC as Default Licensing System

The UK government recently made a splash with its move towards opening government data. Now CC Australia’s Jessica Coates shares a promising government initiative in her home country. The Victorian Government has become the first Australian government to commit to using Creative Commons as the default licensing system for its public sector information (PSI). Many … Read More “Victorian Government Commits to CC as Default Licensing System”