Astronaut Edwin Aldrin walks on lunar surface near leg of Lunar Module

From Historic Images to Galactic Datasets: A Look at NASA’s Mission to Be Open

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”

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Using CC Licenses and Tools to Share and Preserve Cultural Heritage in the Face of Climate Change

On the occasion of both Earth Day and World Intellectual Property Day, which this year centers on the theme of Innovation for a Green Future, we’d like to underline the importance of cultural heritage preservation as a response to the threats posed by climate change. In this post, we’ll also share some insights on how … Read More “Using CC Licenses and Tools to Share and Preserve Cultural Heritage in the Face of Climate Change”

Participants in the Young Women Leadership Program explain software to each other

Open Access in Practice: A Conversation with President Larry Kramer of The Hewlett Foundation

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”

Open-Source Medical Hardware: What You Should Know and What You Can Do

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”

Aurora Tom-Quinn teaches her students

Education in Times of Crisis and Beyond: Maximizing Copyright Flexibilities

The global health crisis is crystalizing the need for policies that support universal access to learning resources The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on over a billion learners’ lives—half of the world’s student population have seen their schools or universities close to slow the spread of the virus. As a result, many educational institutions are … Read More “Education in Times of Crisis and Beyond: Maximizing Copyright Flexibilities”

Dr. Lucie Guibault on What Scientists Should Know About Open Access

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”

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We’re a Fully Remote Nonprofit; Here’s Some Advice on Working From Home

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”

Bhavna Ben Ramesh in front of her sewing machine

The Hewlett and Packard Foundations Share Women’s Stories Through Openly Licensed Images

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”

Global Summit 2020

CC Global Summit: Call for Proposals and Scholarship Applications

We’re excited to announce that the Call for Proposals and Scholarship Applications for the 2020 CC Global Summit is now open!  The 2020 CC Global Summit, held May 14-16 in Lisbon, Portugal, gathers those in the open community under the umbrella of learning, sharing, and creating; united by a passion for growing a vibrant, usable commons … Read More “CC Global Summit: Call for Proposals and Scholarship Applications”