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Monthly Archives: November 2009
Three women going to the opera, Bert Roberts early 1900, Queensland Museum,
We’ve posted before about the growing movement for cultural institutions across the globe to provide open online access to public domain images in their collections. And Australian institutions have been up there in the thick of the charge – the Powerhouse Museum, for example, was the second institution worldwide to join the Flickr Commons initiative, and has now been joined by four other Australian institutions. As a result the public can access archives they may otherwise never have seen by using only the click of a mouse.
Now the Queensland Museum has joined the party, uploading a test batch of 20 high resolution images from their collection for free online access. But what makes this initiative particularly interesting that it’s being conducted in collaboration with Wikimedia Australia and they’ve chosen to upload the photos to Wiki Commons, rather than Flickr Commons.
For Australia water (or the lack of it) is a big deal. So big in fact, that the Commonwealth Government saw the need to establish a national initiative for monitoring and publishing water data. Charging the Bureau of Meteorology with the task, their Improving Water Information Program will aggregate hundreds of other government departments’ and agencies’ information into the National Water Account, an integrated, national water monitoring and data collection service. And the Bureau are encouraging their partners to release their data under Creative Commons.
Those of you who follow us will know we have been touting The Dictionary of Sydney for quite some time. This project – which aims to establish a self-sustaining digital encyclopaedia of the history of Sydney, Australia – is one of the examples we use of how CC can be integrated into broader cultural projects to add to their value to the broader population, and even got its own entry in the case studies book we released earlier this year – despite the fact it didn’t technically exist.
We are now pleased to announce the the Dictionary it has now been officially launched! Or at least its first website has.
The newsletter highlights happenings in Creative Commons and free culture in the region. It details important developments like Commons Crossroads, the CC Asia-Pacific Regional Conference held in Manila earlier this year, and the CC Asia-Pacific Action Plan Statement that came out of it, as well as showcasing some of more quirky but amazing things that might have missed our radar down here in Oz, like French artist Volfoniq releasing remixes of their track Your name is TAIWAN under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence via net label Les Cristaux Liquident and Taiwan’s hippest hip-hop venue, Kou Chou Ching.
The plan is to release issues regularly from now on, with the next scheduled for release in November-December, all via the Commons Crossroads website. So watch this space for more news on what’s going on with CC locally.