We Bought It, We Own It, We Fix It: Building Open Policies for Digital Public Goods

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s … Read More “We Bought It, We Own It, We Fix It: Building Open Policies for Digital Public Goods”

Creative Commons’ Foundation Engagement Project

Creative Commons received a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to survey the licensing policies of private foundations, and to work toward increasing the free availability of foundation-supported works. We are still pursuing this objective, but here’s where we are at the moment. Tax-exempt private foundations are non-profit institutions exclusively devoted to benefitting … Read More “Creative Commons’ Foundation Engagement Project”

CC at 10: Government Resources + Open Licensing = Win

On this 10th anniversary of CC, there’s much to celebrate: Creative Commons licenses and tools have been embraced by millions of photographers, musicians, videographers, bloggers, and others sharing countless numbers of creative works freely online. One area of growth in use of CC licenses and public domain tools is for government works. Government adoption of … Read More “CC at 10: Government Resources + Open Licensing = Win”

Free and unrestricted Public Sector Information: Study finds benefits outweigh costs

Governments around the world are increasingly relying on open licenses to release public sector information (PSI). A September 2011 report titled Costs and Benefits of Data Provision, prepared by John Houghton for the Australian National Data Service, examines the immediate and wider economic costs and benefits to making PSI available. The key takeaway from the … Read More “Free and unrestricted Public Sector Information: Study finds benefits outweigh costs”

Gates Foundation announces $20M for Next Generation Learning Challenges; CC BY required for grant materials

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a $20M investment in the Next Generation Learning Challenges, an initiative to improve college readiness and completion through technology. The first request for proposals (RFP) was released today (PDF). The RFP specifically solicits proposals that address the following challenges: Increasing the use of blended learning models, which combine face-to-face instruction … Read More “Gates Foundation announces $20M for Next Generation Learning Challenges; CC BY required for grant materials”

Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges Adopts CC BY for All Competitive Grants

The Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) recently adopted an open licensing policy for the competitive grants they administer: All digital software, educational resources and knowledge produced through competitive grants, offered through and/or managed by the SBCTC, will carry a Creative Commons Attribution License … [and] applies to all funding sources (state, … Read More “Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges Adopts CC BY for All Competitive Grants”