Kenya Ministry of ICT congratulates School of Open for transformative model of learning

SOO Africa Launch Nairobi / CC BY / Phillip Ranja Today the Mr. Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of ICT of Kenya gave a speech to formally launch the School of Open Africa in Nairobi. The full text of the speech is below and also available as a PDF. In addition, a congratulatory […]

Posted by on 22 October 2014 | 1:20 pm

Build a commons for everyone

I joined CC in June of this year, and immediately set out to update our strategy. I spent the summer working with our staff, affiliates, board, partners, and funders to understand the needs and the opportunities, and to plan for 2015 and beyond. Today, we’re focused on three strategic objectives: A vibrant commons. Supporting the […]

Posted by on 22 October 2014 | 11:42 am

Open Access Button launches with new features

Open Access Button / CC BY 2.0 Today at an Open Access Week event in London, the Open Access Button was re-launched with new features “to help researchers, patients, students and the public get access to scientific and scholarly research.” The Open Access Button originally was created in response to researchers running into paywalls or […]

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 7:33 pm

Big win for an interoperable commons: BY-SA and FAL now compatible

Move-Horizontally / P.J. Onori / CC BY Glühwendel brennt durch / Stefan Krause / FAL 1.3 This FAL-licensed photo was selected as Wikimedia Commons’ 2013 Picture of the Year. Like CC Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA), the Free Art License (FAL 1.3) is a copyleft license, meaning that it requires licensees to share their adaptations under the […]

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 5:08 pm

Ministries of ICT, Education, & UNESCO join to formally launch School of Open Africa

As promised last week, here are the details around the formal launch event for School of Open Africa taking place in Nairobi tomorrow morning. SOO logo here. Earth CC BY by Erin Standley, Noun Project. Our Creative Commons and School of Open volunteers in Kenya, including CC Regional Coordinator Alex Gakuru, are hosting a formal […]

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 11:22 am

Open Access Week 2014 is underway

Today begins the 8th annual Open Access Week. Open Access Week is a week-long celebration and educational opportunity to discuss and promote the practice and policy of Open Access to scholarly literature–“the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Open Access Week […]

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 2:34 pm

CC News: Let’s change the internet.

Stay up-to-date with CC by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Twitter. Let’s change the internet “CC and its licenses are part of the infrastructure that powers the web we know and love. But building the licenses is just the first step; the next step is to use those licenses as a tool […]

Posted by on 16 October 2014 | 5:21 pm

School of Open Africa’s Launch and Future

In September, the School of Open Africa launched with nine programs distributed across four jurisdictions: Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa. Kayode from CC Nigeria announced in the launch in August, and now we want to give you an update on how the programs (some ongoing) and launch events fared! We also want to preview […]

Posted by on 16 October 2014 | 11:42 am

Creative Commons named Knight Prototype Fund recipient

Today, the Knight Foundation announced the selected recipients of its latest Prototype Fund. We’re very proud to be among them, with a new project that probably sounds a bit outside of our normal work to those familiar with CC. Here’s why we’re doing it: When I joined as CEO, I was tasked with imagining the […]

Posted by on 15 October 2014 | 4:54 pm

Guest Post: Boundless Invites You to Write the Future of Education

The following is a guest post by Ariel Diaz, Founder and CEO of Boundless, a platform for the creation of open textbooks that are community-built and CC BY-SA-licensed. Boundless / CC BY-SA By empowering a dedicated community of contributors in open resources, Creative Commons has given education a strong foundation for creating and sharing content. […]

Posted by on 15 October 2014 | 3:42 pm