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”

Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources in the U.S. National Education Technology Plan

The United States Department of Education 2010 National Educational Technology Plan (pdf) includes the following: Open Educational Resources (OER) are an important element of an infrastructure for learning. OER come in forms ranging from podcasts to digital libraries to textbooks, games, and courses. They are freely available to anyone over the web. Educational organizations started … Read More “Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources in the U.S. National Education Technology Plan”

La Stampa and Global Vocies Online Collaborate on Voci Globali

Voci Globali is a new collaboration between Italian newspaper La Stampa and Global Voices Online that aims to expose Italian audiences to citizen media from around the world. GVO will assist in translating select international blogs into Italian, releasing the stories they publish under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Initially twenty-five blogs from all world … Read More “La Stampa and Global Vocies Online Collaborate on Voci Globali”

Search and Discovery for OER

One of the issues that comes up repeatedly when talking about open educational resources (OER) is search and discovery. CC licenses provide the legal basis for sharing OER, but there’s a large technical component to sharing, as well. Publishers want to make sure their work is visible to users, and learners or educators need to … Read More “Search and Discovery for OER”

Bing Maps Streetside Photos

Yesterday, Bing Maps pointed out a new application—Streetside Photos—that it added to its spatial search. Streetside Photos pulls CC licensed images from Flickr to use them in a transformative way—as part of mapping tools that help you navigate the world on different visual levels. Chris at Bing Maps says it best, “So, you have all … Read More “Bing Maps Streetside Photos”

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”