CC Mapping

Allied to the Creative Commons Clinic we are undertaking a mapping exercise of who is using CC in Australia. Further external funding is currently being sought for this project.

Unlocking the Potential

Allied to the Creative Commons Clinic this project is undertaking research and documenting case studies on the use of CC as part of creative innovation in Australia and in other parts of the world. In particular this project will engage with the questions raised by the recently released DCITA/SILG, Unlocking the Potential (2005) report about the role of CC in stimulating creative productivity in Australia .

Open Innovation and Access to Knowledge

In August 2006 we hosted Daniel Ravicher Legal Counsel for the Software Freedom Law Centre in New York. He headlined a roundtable event that considered the notion of open innovation and how this might impact on creativity and future business models. The output of that seminar (including a series of podcasts) is housed on the web at Participants at the round table included Angela Beesley of Wikipedia, Terry Cutler, Professor Greg Hearn (QUT) and Professor Mark Dodgson (UQ).

Professor Fitzgerald was invited and expenses met by the conference organisers to present at the Access to Knowledge Conference (A2K) at Yale University in April 2006 on the topic of “CC Licencing”.

CC in Government – Creative Archives

This project considers the application of CC styled licencing to government and publicly owned copyright. The aim is to free up the large archives of publicly funded “raw materials” in order to sponsor further creativity. The BBC Creative Archive is a role model in this instance. We are also keen to seed a spin off project that would promote the creation of a “free culture” web interface for Australia music and film from the late 19th and early 20th century that is in the public domain.

CC In Education (Schools)

Allied to the Creative Commons Clinic this project will work closely with Ms Delia Browne of MCEETYA to research and document models for the uptake of CC styled licencing in the Australia schools sector; providing children with the opportunity to engage in more creative practices without fear of liability. This project has just commenced. We hosted Delia Browne in September 2006 and a podcast of our discussion with her is available at As a starting point see: B Fitzgerald “The Creative Commons Story” in in C. Kapitzke & B. C. Bruce (Eds.), New libraries and knowledge spaces: critical perspectives on information and education (2005) Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

In February 2006 Professor Fitzgerald was invited by the OECD to address a specialist workshop in Sweden on OER and CC licencing. He has been invited to write a paper on this topic for the final OECD Report due out in late 2006. In July 2006 Nic Suzor and Professor Fitzgerald completed a survey on the use of OER at two Australian education institutions for the OECD’s final report.

CC as Part of Community Building in a User Generated World

We are also examining how CC is used as a tool to build virtual and creative communities such as flickr (photos) and Second Life (virtual world). Rachel Cobcroft a PhD student is working in this area focussing on flickr. Professor Fitzgerald presented at the Charles Darwin University Annual Symposium – Creative Citizenship in Alice Springs on this topic in September 2006 and our research team ran a workshop on CC at the Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR) Conference in Brisbane in September 2006 which covered this topic. We have also attended and presented at number of creative arts festivals such as “Straight Out of Brisbane” and “This is Not Art”. As part of our involvement in the iCommons Summit in Brazil we showcased the National Library of Australia’s community building Picture Australia Project which utilises flickr and encourages CC licensing .