Last week newcomer to Creative Commons Australia, Jessica Coates, attended a researcher symposium held by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI).

CCI is the first ARC Centre of Excellence specifically funded to undertake research outside the science, engineering and technology sectors. Its primary goal is to address the issue of how Australia builds a ‘creative’ economy and society suited to the conditions for content creation, business sustainability, employment, vocation, identity and social structure and communication emerging across the globe in the 21st century.

CC-AU has been working with CCI for some time developing the Creative Commons Clinic, a focus for research on and development of the Creative Commons project in Australia. The Symposium provided a great opportunity for CC-AU to meet with others undertaking projects also designed to address gaps and problems in Australia’s national innovation system. CCI researchers who presented over the two-day event included John Quiggin, who discussed his ongoing research into the breakdown between the boundaries of the public (eg commercial) and private (eg home) economies as a result of the information revolution, and Erica McWilliam, who heads up the Creative Workforce program which aims to re-orient formal education in Australia to face the challenges posed by the knowledge economy, globalisation and new technologies.

The Symposium also included presentations on the innovation environment by Terry Cutler and Malcolm Gillies, CCI overviews by Mandy Thomas and Stuart Cunningham, and a guest presentation on emerging trends in the creative industries by Matthew Liebmann, Director of Entertainment and Media at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Sydney.

More information on the CCI and its projects can be found at http://www.cci.edu.au/programs.php.