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  • Budget papers are free to share, thanks to Creative Commons

    Budget papers are free to share, thanks to Creative Commons

    Originally posted on The Conversation by Anne Fitzgerald and Neale Hooper (CC BY-ND). Amid the intense discussion surrounding the release of the Australian government's budget 2014-2015 one notable feature of the budget documents has seemingly gone unremarked by most commentators. The budget papers (1-4), budget overview, portfolio budget statements and… Read More »
  • CSIRO releases ScienceImage archive: 4,000+ CC BY photos free for reuse

    CSIRO releases ScienceImage archive: 4,000+ CC BY photos free for reuse

    The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has just released its ScienceImage library under a Creative Commons Attribution license. CSIRO has provided permission for anyone to freely use, repost and transform the collection's 4000+ high definition images and videos. The library represents more than six decades worth of environmental,… Read More »
  • “Explainer: Creative Commons” published on The Conversation

    “Explainer: Creative Commons” published on The Conversation

    With the version 4.0 international CC licences having recently been released, it is a good time to review what CC has achieved in the 11 years since the version 1.0 CC licences were published on 16 December 2002. In this article published by the online journal The Conversation as part of its Explainer… Read More »