Photo: Untitled by pheezyJessica Coates and Elliott Bledsoe from the Creative Commons Clinic at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation are guest editing a special issue of PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication, a biannual open-access online graduate journal published by the Media and Communications Program at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.

Through the special issue, ccAustralia and PLATFORM ask the question, ‘Is “open” the new black?’ The last few years has seen a huge increase in the uptake of CC licences. Hollywood, President Obama, Yoko Ono and even Coca-Cola have used the licences to help them manage content. But should we be open 24/7? When should we flip the sign around?

We’re calling for papers right now on anything to do with being open; motivations for adopting open strategies, open business models, open access and government transparency, open educational resources, open formats and open standards. Abstracts are due 26 April 2010. To be eligible to submit, you must be a current graduate student (no more than 6 months after graduation) undertaking Masters, a PhD or international equivalent. Full papers are due 2 August 2010. Full submission information available here.

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘Untitled‘ by pheezy, CC BY 2.0 Generic.