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Last week newcomer to Creative Commons Australia, Jessica Coates, attended a researcher symposium held by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI).
CCI is the first ARC Centre of Excellence specifically funded to undertake research outside the science, engineering and technology sectors. Its primary goal is to address the issue of how Australia builds a ‘creative’ economy and society suited to the conditions for content creation, business sustainability, employment, vocation, identity and social structure and communication emerging across the globe in the 21st century.
CC-AU has been working with CCI for some time developing the Creative Commons Clinic, a focus for research on and development of the Creative Commons project in Australia. The Symposium provided a great opportunity for CC-AU to meet with others undertaking projects also designed to address gaps and problems in Australia’s national innovation system. CCI researchers who presented over the two-day event included John Quiggin, who discussed his ongoing research into the breakdown between the boundaries of the public (eg commercial) and private (eg home) economies as a result of the information revolution, and Erica McWilliam, who heads up the Creative Workforce program which aims to re-orient formal education in Australia to face the challenges posed by the knowledge economy, globalisation and new technologies.
The Symposium also included presentations on the innovation environment by Terry Cutler and Malcolm Gillies, CCI overviews by Mandy Thomas and Stuart Cunningham, and a guest presentation on emerging trends in the creative industries by Matthew Liebmann, Director of Entertainment and Media at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Sydney.
More information on the CCI and its projects can be found at http://www.cci.edu.au/programs.php.
Brian Fitzgerald was a panelist at the [Yale Access to Knowledge Conference](http://research.yale.edu/isp/a2k/wiki/index.php/Licensing_Frameworks_for_A2K_Policies_Panel) on 23 April 2006. Pictured below are leads from the other Creative Commons International projects.
LAMS Community is a free and open community for the sharing of ‘digital lesson plans’ (also known as LAMS sequences), which are machine readable sequences of learning activities for students. The teacher is able to use an innovative drag and drop authoring system to create and configure these lesson plans, and then both the students and teachers can run through the lesson using the LAMS system.
A great resource for educators anywhere, LAMS Community provides a way for teachers to share their experience and lesson plans with others quickly and easily. Most of the lesson plans available from the LAMS Community website are contributed by individuals under CC-BY-NC licences.
Registration is free, so check it out today at lamscommunity.org.
The event hosted by QUT Law School and the Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation was a great success. Organised by Professor Mark Perry (UWO, on sabattical at QUT), and Nic Suzor (QUT), the event saw Mia Garlick from [Creative Commons](http://creativecommons.org) joining Professor Brian Fitzgerald from Creative Commons Australia and [Richard Neville](http://richardneville.com), [Toby Miller](http://www.facultydirectory.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/pub/public_individual.pl?faculty=2302), and [Dean Whitbread](http://www.funk.co.uk) to discuss the direction of intellectual property in the 21st century. Other QUT researchers present included [Axel Bruns](http://snrub.info), Dilan Thampapillai, and Anne Matthew.
Everyone met in [Second Life](http://secondlife.com), a fantastic Virtual World created by Linden Labs.
![Image of the stage](/images/2006-worldipday-sl-seminar.jpg)
You can find the recording [here](/materials/2006-WorldIPDay-QUT-CCI-IPKCE-SecondLife.mp3) (~28MB mp3).
Here are some of the links referenced in the discussion:
* Dean Whitbread has some [further information](http://funk.co.uk/QUT/).
* Axel Bruns has blogged his discussion at [Snurblog](http://snurb.info/index.php?q=node/470). Continue reading