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We’ve been a bit lax in not mentioning this earlier, but a historical vote is currently taking place over at Wikipedia. The vote is to determine whether Wikipedia (and other Wikimedia sites) should add Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike to its default licences, alongside its current GNU Free Documentation Licence.
This would mean that the entire of Wikipedia – yes, that’s right, all 6 million+ articles – would be licensed under CC BY-SA.
For those who missed it the first time round, you still have a few more days to fill in the Creative Commons questionnaire on what makes a use noncommercial.
The questionnaire, which has been running for the last couple of weeks, is the second and final round of a survey being run by the head office in San Francisco to collect information on how people understand the term “noncommercial use”. The results of the survey will go towards formulating CC policy, and may even result in a change to the licences.
So this is your chance to shape the future of the free internet – until 28 April, that is, when the questionnaire closes.
Those interested in open access to public sector information (PSI) will be pleased to see that the Government Information Licensing Framework project (GILF to their friends) have launched their own website.
The GILF project is without question the Australian leader in researching, advocating and implementing open access to government information. They were born from research conducted by the Queensland Spatial Information Council, and were behind the switch to Creative Commons Attribution as the default licence for all the material on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website late last year.
Below is a collection of fact sheets we’ve put together giving detailed instructions for various methods of finding Creative Commons material. Continue reading
Below are a number of fact sheets we’ve put together providing indepth information on how to find Creative Commons material using various methods.