“Yes, We’re Open!”: Platform Journal Special Issue Launched!

Photo: Untitled by pheezyThe team at ccAustralia and the Editorial Board and team at PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication are very pleased to announce the publication of the “Yes, we are open!” special edition issue. Guest edited by ccAustralia staffer Elliott Bledsoe, and former staffer Jessica Coates,  this issue presents submissions by postgraduate students around the world working in media studies or related fields which critically examine the legal, social and technical parameters of open source, open content and open access.

Jess and I received a number of really interesting submission exploring the question we posed in the abstract: why open? We open the issue with an interview with Esther Wojcicki, Vice-Chair of Creative Commons,  to discuss the importance of teaching ‘open’ in schools. Rachel Cobcroft follows with an reflection on the development of the international Creative Commons Case Studies initiative. Cobcroft’s piece examines the progress of open content licensing; identifies models of implementation and licensing trends across industry sectors as diverse as music, government, wikis and fashion; and, perhaps most importantly, explores individual motivations for the adoption of open philosophies.

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Bidding adéu to Jess

Photo: ‘wave goodbye‘ by Michael (mx5tx)As excited as we are about our double-whammy of announcements—the new website and the Creative Commons roadshows—we have another one to make. It is with mixed feelings that we announce that long-term staffer, Jessica Coates, has moved on. Of course we are sad to see her go, but we are also very excited for her as she embarks on a new opportunity in a new city.

Jessica played a crucial role with the Creative Commons Australia project over the past four years. Apart from responding to innumerable public inquiries and presenting countless talks on CC, Jessica passionately pursued the uptake of CC licences in the education and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sectors in Australia. She authored a number of articles and reports about CC, not to mention most of the posts on the blog and spent countless hours coordinating our efforts on the Version 3.0 Australian CC licences.

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“Yes, We’re Open!”: A Special Issue of Platform Journal – Call for Papers Reminder

Photo: Untitled by pheezyA quick reminder for all the commons-based postgraduate researchers out there – abstracts are due this Monday for the special “Yes, We’re Open!” issue of Platform.

The issue, guest edited by the ccAustralia and ccClinic teams, will focus on the mainstreaming of “open”. With Mozilla Firefox pushing towards a 25% share of the web browser market and the number of Creative Commons licensed works reaching more than 250 million in 2009, perhaps it is time to ask, ‘Is “open” the new black?’

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Platform Special Issue Call for Papers Extended

Photo: Untitled by pheezyThe deadlines for the “Yes, We’re Open!” Special Issue of PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication have been extended. The new dates are:

17 May 2010: Abstracts/Proposals (500-800 words)
5 July 2010: Full Papers (6,000-8,000 words, including 200 word abstracts and six keywords)

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“Yes, We’re Open!”: A Special Issue of Platform Journal

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.

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