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, […]

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 11:25 am

The 2nd OER Summer Camp on Luxi Island of CC China Mainland

The following is a guest post by LIUPing, members of the CC China Mainland Affiliate team and the School of Open community. Below is a description of the 2nd CC China Mainland open educational resources (OER) summer camp (30th June to 8th July 2014) for the children of Luxi Island, a remote island off the […]

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 6:58 pm

CC Salon in San Francisco: Public Domain FTW!

Source photo: Philipp Henzler, CC0 RSVP on EventbriteRSVP on Facebook September 9, 20146:30 – 8:30 PM Pacific timeGeneral Assembly, 501 Folsom St (1st and Folsom)San Francisco, CA 94105Public Transportation: Close to Embarcadero BART, Montgomery BART, or San Francisco Caltrain Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and General Assembly are excited to announce an salon on Tuesday, […]

Posted by on 26 August 2014 | 3:48 pm

Wiki Loves Monuments: bringing open to Pakistan

Faisal Maseet / Khalid Mahmood / CC BY-SA Wiki Loves Monuments is one of the most successful free culture events worldwide. A global photo competition organized by local Wikimedia chapters and groups, it has been running since 2010 and has grown larger each year. For 2014, we speak to Saqib Qayyum from Wikimedia Pakistan about […]

Posted by on 25 August 2014 | 12:33 pm

A new course on Open Research at the School of Open

The following is a guest post by Beck Pitt, researcher at the Open University’s OER Research Hub. We are collaborating with Beck and her team to investigate attitudes towards sharing educational resources online and the impact of School of Open courses. Are you curious about what it means to research openly and what benefits it […]

Posted by on 25 August 2014 | 10:58 am

Announcing the Institute for Open Leadership Fellows

Creative Commons and the Open Policy Network are pleased to announce the first round of fellows for the Institute for Open Leadership. The Institute is a training program to develop new leaders in education, science, public policy, and other fields on the values and implementation of openness in licensing, policies, and practices. We received over […]

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 6:26 pm

Examining deficiencies of and limitations on data sharing

Whether patients, or part of traffic, or exercising or simply walking with one of the behavioral trackers du jour, we are constantly giving data about ourselves and our surroundings to data collecters with few returns. From privacy regulations to bureaucratic barriers to collecting and locking up information just in case it might create monetary value […]

Posted by on 18 August 2014 | 11:20 am

Fotopedia closes, but CC-licensed photos live on

Trung Dangy / CC BY-NC-SA If you’re a fan of photo-and-knowledge-sharing community Fotopedia, you’ve likely heard that the site is closing this Sunday, August 10. When Creative Commons heard the news, we contacted Fotopedia to ask if there were some way that we could help save all of the Creative Commons–licensed photos on the site. […]

Posted by on 9 August 2014 | 1:02 pm

Dozens of organizations tell STM publishers: No new licenses

The keys to an elegant set of open licenses are simplicity and interoperability. CC licenses are widely recognized as the standard in the open access publishing community, but a major trade association recently published a new set of licenses and is urging its members to adopt it. We believe that the new licenses could introduce […]

Posted by on 7 August 2014 | 11:17 am

Creative Commons announces launch of CC Belarus

Creative Commons leaflet / Sviatlana Yermakovich / CC BY-SA Creative Commons is happy to announce the launch of CC Belarus. Youth organization Falanster is now the belarusian Creative Commons affiliate team! On August 29, the official launch of CC Belarus will take place in Minsk. For now, CC Belarus will focus on the following topics: […]

Posted by on 6 August 2014 | 6:43 am