SoundCulture Archive_10 ~ Sydney 1991 by Soundculture
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The ABC’s collaborative media site, Pool, has made another Australian first.

To celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, Pool has launched its Gene Pool call out by posting a recording from the ABC archives of genetics professor Steve Jones talking about Darwin’s life and work. This is only the first of a series of ABC archival materials, all based loosely around the theme of evolution and mutation, that will be released online as part of the project.

What’s exciting about Gene Pool is that the materials are being released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial licence.

This means that people can tweak, twist and remix the files to create their own creative intepretation of the themes of evolution and mutation, and share these results with the rest of the world. The idea is to build a whole community up around the project, remixing and reusing the ABC archival material in new and previously unthought of ways. This all culminates in a public exhibition of Gene Pool pieces at Melbourne’s RMIT on November 24th – the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s book The Origin of Species.

As far as we’re aware, this is the first time ABC archival material has been released for remixing under a Creative Commons licence – and we’re very excited. Just imagine what gems might be hidden away in ABC filing cabinets, waiting to be discovered and put to good use by the population that payed for them in the first place.

So keep an eye on Gene Pool, and see how you are inspired by the material they release. Next up is a video from ABC TV’s Monday Conference in 1971 featuring entomologist Paul Ehrlich talking about climate change. Yes, that’s right – climate change in 1971. Just imagine the potential.