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.

One thought on “Share your creativity on ABC Pool

  • 29 August 2008 at 3.38 pm

    This is a great initiative and the ABC and the Partners RMIT, UTS and Uni of Wollongong are to be congratulated for boldly going where the BBC fell off the Planet HERE

    The Pool has raised interesting licensing issues for the ABC, around how if at all the ABC can broadcast Pool content under the Share and Share alike License.The ABC has decided it can’t and that is why the Pool has a Dual License as a Term of Membership.

    What this means is that as a term of joining it says:

    “Separately, and in addition to the terms of the license you choose pursuant to clause 3.5, above, you agree to the following:
    (a) From the date of uploading Your Uploaded Content onto Pool, you grant to the ABC and its licensees and assignees a non-exclusive licence to exercise all non-commercial rights in Your Uploaded Content throughout the world in all media in perpetuity.”

    In light of the fact that this Project is up, quibbling over a Dual License to the ABC is a non issue.

    What is more interesting would be a dedicated Share Alike Program aired on the ABC 1 or 2 that the wider TV audience can go back to and watch as it morphs. Hopefully the ABC will consider being more adventurous but that all deep ends.

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