Those who have been following the international CC blog will know that over the last month CC has launched an exciting new initiative – the CC Case Study Wiki. This is a place for people to upload stories of the commons – the whys, hows and wherefores of successful Creative Commons practitioners from around the world.
What you might not have realised is that CC Australia, and in particular staffer Rachel Cobcroft, played a major role in the project – helping to design the wiki and providing the initial group of more than 50 case studies, drawing on material we’ve been collating from the CC community in Australia and the region for the last few years.
With over 100 case studies, the wiki is now officially the most comprehensive documentation of the experiences of different groups using the Creative Commons licences worldwide, from individual artists to large government corporations. With interviews, statistics and examples of work, the case studies provide information on business models, motivations and impact – all with a view to helping others understand how Creative Commons might work for them.
And, for the time-being anyway, most of them are from Australasia.
To celebrate this, and help to spread the word even more, CCau has put together a book – Building an Australasian Commons. This book sets out the best of the Australasian case studies in fully illustrated and annotated form. To make this wealth of material easier to navigate, the book also divides the case studies into different clusters: music, film, visual arts, education, open democracy, and cultural and governmental institutions. It all can be downloaded in PDF form, printed out for personal use – or, if you’d like your own version, drop us a line via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do.
Keep an eye out as we develop the case studies even further – releasing new versions, different formats, not to mention volume 2 of the case studies book. Or better yet – join in by writing your own case study. It can be about yourself, someone you know, or just someone you admire. If they’re using CC, we want to know their story.