Prof Beth Noveck and Prof Brian Fitzgerald talk Gov 2.0

Photo: ‘Just Landed - Screenshot’ by Jer Thorp, CC BY 2.0 Generic

LECTURE CANCELLED: Please be aware that the Beth Noveck and Brian Fitzgerald lecture has been cancelled.

For those Creative Commoners in Australia interested in Government 2.0, ccAustralia is very excited to announce that we are co-hosting with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi) and the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law two lectures by Gov 2.0 heavyweights: Professor Beth Noveck, former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the US Government and and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative, and ccAustralia’s Project Lead Professor Brian Fitzgerald, specialist Research Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation at QUT and appointee to the Australia Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce and the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property.

The two speakers have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Government use of Web 2.0. Professors Noveck and Fitzgerald will talk through their involvement in Government 2.0 initiatives in the USA and Australia over the last two years reflecting on what this means for the operation of government and more broadly the general public. They will consider both at a conceptual and practical level arguments for “collaborative government” as a strategy for creating a more effective and democratic system.

YouTube introduces CC Attribution option for videos

Photo: Play by Annie Roi

Google have expanded their utilisation of Creative Commons when it officially announced the introduction of Creative Commons licensing as a rights management option on YouTube (although you may have already read about it!). Now video publishers can now release their videos under a CC Attribution 3.0 Unported licence or utilise the “Standard YouTube License.”

Credits—Heading photo: ‘Play‘ by Annie Roi, CC BY 2.0 Generic.

CC-licensing now possible on Pozible

Photo: 'Money' by Maestro_AU. CC BY 2.0 Generic.
Australia’s first crowd funding platform, Pozible (nee Fundbreak), are always looking for ways to make their platform more useful for project creators. That’s why they rolled out a series of new rights management options for projects starting yesterday. Now Pozible project creators can make content related to their crowd funding proposals on the site available under Creative Commons licences.

Project creators on Pozible now have a ‘License Option’ as part of their project creation process. They can elect ‘all rights reserved’ or they can apply a CC licence using Pozible’s very stylish (yet functional) licence chooser.

Credits—Photo: Money‘ by Maestro_AU, CC BY 2.0 Generic.

Putting the R.E.M in remix

Photo: REM - Arena, Verona - 21 luglio 2008 by Andrea Sartorati
To coincide with yesterday’s release of R.E.M‘s new album Collapse Into Now, the American alternative rockers announced their first remix competition. Stems from the song ‘It Happened Today’ from the new album are available for download under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Stems (legally) up for grabs include percussion, brass, piano, celeste, vibraphone, guitar, drum, banjo and mandolin stems and of course Michael Stipe’s vocals. If Stipe isn’t enough for you  there’s even a bit of Eddie Vedder on the track!!

Jacknife Lee, who helped produce Collapse Into Now with R.E.M, said that “Right from the early stages of recording this song in New Orleans Michael wanted to share the files with people to hear their different ideas and versions.” This was the impetus for the remix project and that’s exactly what Stipe has got!

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘R.E.M. – Arena, Verona – 21 luglio 2008‘ by Andrea Sartorati, CC BY 2.0 Generic.

ACMI generates rights literacy by releasing quality media products

Photo: Chunky by Yun Huang Yong
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image joins a growing list of Australian and international arts institutions making resources available for reuse and remixing under Creative Commons. In September last year ACMI launched Generator, an online creative studio space for students and teachers to access and engage with screen content. This week ACMI expanded on its commitment to teaching screen literacy through dynamic programs by relicensing the downloadable media resources on Generator under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical 3.0 Australia licence. The 1000+ media products available in the Free Media Library go beyond being passive teaching aids – they are now part of the wider commons of legally reuseable content.

The ACMI has spent over 20 years delivering dynamic screen literacy programs that create deep and engaging learning spaces for young people to be active producers of screen content. ACMI’s Generator project was initiated as a concerted effort by the Centre to address changes in teaching screen media. It is the outcome of funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to develop premium content for the FUSE Portal, a State-funded repository of content and resources to help teachers Find, Use and Share quality Education resources. To further that aim, ACMI looked to CC.

Credits—Photo: ‘Chunky‘ by Yun Huang Yong, CC BY 2.0 Generic.

Dr Tama Leaver talks up CC for education

Photo: ‘create environments for learning doodle‘ by Inha Leex Hale
We just got word from long-standing friend of ccAustralia, Dr Tama Leaver eloquently discusses the CC licensing suite and it’s application to teaching and learning. Published by the College of Fine Arts and the University of New South Wales as part of their ‘Learning to Teach Online‘ video series, Tama takes us through the licensing protocols and each licence you can apply to your work, the metadata associated to CC licences and why that is usesful, how to choose a licence and motivations for why you might want to use CC.

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘

Credits—Photo: create environments for learning doodle‘ by Inha Leex Hale, CC BY 2.0 Generic.

Get your floaties on, the (ABC) Pool has reopened

The roller door has been raised, the turnstiles unlocked, and everyone is invited to take a dip in the all new ABC Pool website. The new site boasts all kinds of new functionality and usability. Bomb dive your way into the site’s 11,000+ contributions with the site’s new structure, making it much easier to see uploaded content, pool contributorscollaborative projects and opportunities to get your content onto ABC websites, radio and even television. And now you can easily follow people and projects to help you keep up with your favorite pool-side punters and comment on pretty much everything on the site.

While we love the new 2.0 functionality, probably the most exciting addition (as far as ccAustralia is concerned anyway :p) is the ability to search for Pool content published under a Creative Commons licence. A much-awaited addition, users can now use the advanced search to find CC-licensed content by keyword using a drop-down menu that will return results under a specific type of CC licence. Better still is the ability to limit your results further by designating the type of media you’re looking for too!

Credits—Photo: Screenshot of ABC Pool website. Incorporates ‘Kiss me where?‘ by Kate Gauld, CC BY-NC 3.0 Unported.