Australia’s iconic public broadcaster, the ABC, has just launched a new CC-friendly social media space, Pool, designed to provide a “place for creative content makers to upload their work, publish and collaborate.”

Pool lets creators working in all mediums – from animation, to music, to video, to text – share and broadcast their work to others. Like most participatory media sites, users can create profiles, upload and download material, and search tags for related material. But unlike other popular sites, the focus at Pool is very clearly on quality and experimentation.

Most exciting from our end, Pool has been designed to be a completely open project. The site (which has been developed using the open source content management tool, Drupal) offers the full suite of the Creative Commons core licences (as well as All Rights Reserved), and actively encourages those uploading material to use the licences to “declare a relationship between your content and other content”.

As Pool’s Executive Producer, Sherre Delys, puts it in this interview with Radio National’s The Media Report, the CC licensing means that “POOL starts to be a place where you can connect with others, and so for some that will take the form of online mentoring and skill-sharing; for others it’s a collaborative work space, they can download each other’s work, re-mix and re-use, and it also includes collaboration between ABC producers and audiences, and I think that’s really critical.” And in a first for the national broadcaster, Sherre also talks about Pool’s intention to release ABC archival footage for remix by it’s audience, sometime in the near future.

Pool’s focus on sharing and remix means that a lot of great material is going up under CC. Check out Red Thread, Huni Bolliger‘s moving animation for her father who is suffering from dementia. Or the fabulous series of bird call recordings uploaded for remixing by Jane Ulman. Or the film theory essay,
Text: Transcendental Style and the Poetics of Tsai Ming-liang
by Tim Dodds, which has been remixed into a poem, Text: the moment of absurd transcendental mundanity by Don Cameron. The list goes on and on.

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