Open Access to Research Critical to Advance Progress Against Cancer

The National Cancer Moonshot Initiative seeks to make ten years of progress on cancer research in half that time, with a goal to end cancer in our lifetime. The project—led by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden—recently called for ideas to help shape the cancer research priorities for the Moonshot. They received over 1,600 comments and … Read More “Open Access to Research Critical to Advance Progress Against Cancer”

Vice President Biden: Taxpayer-funded cancer research shouldn’t sit behind walls

On Wednesday in New Orleans, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the convening of the American Association for Cancer Research on the need to speed up scientific research, development, and collaboration that can lead to better cancer treatments. Vice President Biden is leading the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, which aims to accelerate cancer research … Read More “Vice President Biden: Taxpayer-funded cancer research shouldn’t sit behind walls”

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation adopts open licensing policy

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is a UK-based charity that “seeks to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries.” Yesterday the foundation announced its first Transparency Policy, which requires its grantees and consultants to widely disseminate resources they create under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY). We … Read More “Children’s Investment Fund Foundation adopts open licensing policy”

Open business models, open data, and the public interest

Less than one month ago, Creative Commons began a project designed to explore and develop business models built on CC licensing. Starting from the methods in the best-selling Business Model Generation handbook, Creative Commons is developing new tools specifically tailored for ventures that utilize CC-licensed or public domain content as a central component of their … Read More “Open business models, open data, and the public interest”

Open Definition 2.0 released

Today Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council announced the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition. The Definition “sets out principles that define openness in relation to data and content,” and is the baseline from which various public licenses are measured. Any content released under an Open Definition-conformant license means that anyone … Read More “Open Definition 2.0 released”

MapWorks Learning combines OER and open data to protect threatened biodiversity

Mangrove forests have been described by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the world’s most threatened tropical ecosystems. In an effort to protect and raise awareness around this problem, MapWorks Learning launched the first of what they plan to make an annual Mapathon for ecological preservation and learning. The inaugural event engaged schools, universities, … Read More “MapWorks Learning combines OER and open data to protect threatened biodiversity”

CC Signs Bouchout Declaration for Open Biodiversity

CC is supporting the Bouchout Declration for Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management by becoming a signatory. The Declaration’s objective is to help make biodiversity data openly available to everyone around the world. It offers the biodiversity community a way to demonstrate their commitment to open science, one of the fundamental components of CC’s vision for an … Read More “CC Signs Bouchout Declaration for Open Biodiversity”

White House supports CC0 for federal government datasets

Today the White House released the U.S. Open Data Action Plan, reaffirming their belief that “freely available data from the U.S. Government is an important national resource… [and] making information about government operations more readily available and useful is also core to the promise of a more efficient and transparent government.” The report (PDF) outlines … Read More “White House supports CC0 for federal government datasets”

Conclusions from the European Commission PSI consultation

Last month, Creative Commons and several other groups responded to the European Commission’s consultation on licensing, datasets and charging for the re-use of public sector information (PSI). See our response here. There were 355 submissions to the questionnaire (spreadsheet download), apparently from all EU Member States except Cyprus. The Commission hosted a hearing (PDF of … Read More “Conclusions from the European Commission PSI consultation”