Open Minds: Celebrating Smithsonian Open Access With Effie Kapsalis

In two days, the Smithsonian will celebrate one year of Smithsonian Open Access. This initiative removed copyright restrictions from 2.8 million digital collection 2D and 3D images and nearly two centuries of data using Creative Commons’ public domain dedication tool (CC0). Launched just before many of us went into lockdown due to COVID-19, Smithsonian Open … Read More “Open Minds: Celebrating Smithsonian Open Access With Effie Kapsalis”

Announcing Our New Podcast: “Open Minds … from Creative Commons”

Today we’re excited to launch a new podcast called Open Minds … from Creative Commons. It’s CC’s 20th anniversary this year. And to celebrate, we decided to launch this show, a series of conversations with people working on the issues we’re involved with and excited about. Expect Open Minds to feature folks from the worlds of … Read More “Announcing Our New Podcast: “Open Minds … from Creative Commons””

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Sharing Openly Licensed Content on Social Media: A Conversation with GLAM

The following is a summary of “GLAM Collections on Social Media: Navigating Copyright Questions—a conversation with Aleksandra Strzelichowska, Mikka Gee Conway and Anne Young” published on 31 May 2020 by Scann (licensed CC BY).  How often do you debate whether to share an openly licensed work on social media? If you do share a work, … Read More “Sharing Openly Licensed Content on Social Media: A Conversation with GLAM”

Copyright Law Must Enable Museums to Fulfill Their Mission

Today is International Museum Day and we at Creative Commons (CC) are thrilled to celebrate the institutions that curate, care for, and provide access to the world’s rich diversity of cultures, ideas, and forms of knowledge. This year’s theme, dedicated to the universal values of equality, diversity, and inclusion, is a testament to museums’ ability … Read More “Copyright Law Must Enable Museums to Fulfill Their Mission”

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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”

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Openness, Mapping, Democracy, and Reclaiming Narrative: Majd Al-shihabi in conversation

Majd Al-shihabi, the inaugural Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellow, is a Palestinian-Syrian systems design engineer focusing on the role of technology in urban systems and policy design. He is passionate about development, access to knowledge, user centered design, and the internet, and experiments with implementing tools and infrastructures that catalyze social change. He studied engineering at … Read More “Openness, Mapping, Democracy, and Reclaiming Narrative: Majd Al-shihabi in conversation”