The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ road to Open Access

At the OAIC 2011 Information Policy Conference held in Canberra on 15 November 2011, Siu-Ming Tam of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) presented on the topic ‘The Road to Open Access – Story of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’.

Dr Tam’s presentation charted ABS’s journey from the implementation of its “User Pays” in 1985, to its current use of the CC BY licence.

Full program for Open Government Data Conference now available

We previously announced that the Open Government Data Conference was to be held Friday, 23 September 2011, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

The full conference program is now available at the event page.

This free full-day event has been extended to include an Open Government Data Camp from 4pm-5pm, which will showcase several Open Government case studies.

Ideas Australia needs to share – CPD release their first book

Photo: More Than Luck cover - Centre for Policy Development
The Centre for Policy Development has just release its first book, More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now (ISBN 978-0-9808356-0-1). Edited by Mark Davis, author of Land of Plenty, and CPD’s Executive Director Miriam Lyons, the volume is “both a collection of ideas for citizens who want real change and a to-do list for politicians looking to base public policies on the kind of future Australia needs.” Featuring ideas from a variety of established and emerging thinkers, it touches on everything: from human rights to taxation, work/life balance to sustainable city planning, and even calls for the end of union and corporate political donations and the Australia Council for the Arts.

The book features authors including Prof Larissa Behrendt, Phil Lynch, Prof Marian Sawer AO, Prof Lee Godden and Chris Bonnor AM, mixed in with CPD Fellows including Eva Cox AO, Prof John Quiggin, Ian Dunlop, Fiona ArmstrongMarcus Westbury and Ben Eltham, who put forward bold new ideas to take Australia forward. More Than Luck is not just ideas Australia needs now, but ideas Australia needs to know!

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop) of the cover of More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now by the Centre for Policy Development, CC BY 2.5 Australia.

New biodiversity atlas encourages sharing of knowledge

Photo: Superb Lyre Bird 1 by Ian Sanderson
The Atlas of Living Australia is a new Australian Government collaborative initiative led by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Acting as a portal, the Atlas facilitates users to explore, combine and analyse information and data on Australian plants and animals. It includes authoritative species lists and classifications, mapping and identification tools, images, literature and occurrence records contributed by a number of data providers.

To help support that aim, the Atlas encourages contributing data providers to license their contributions under a Creative Commons licence. Specifically, because the Atlas wants to ensure content is open for downstream use, the Atlas does not support licensing under either of the two No Derivative Works licences.

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘Superb Lyre Bird 1‘ by Ian Sanderson, CC BY-NC 2.0 Generic.

Welcome to the new ccAustralia website

CC new website - Post banner You may have noticed a few changes at After three or so weeks of non-posting you now know why; we had the site on hold so we could finish off the new-look ccAustralia website! For about four years we’ve been talking about creating a new website for the CC project in Australia. We finally got around to actually doing it.

With this new site we’ve tried to make it much easier for you to find out about us and what we’re up to, learn more about how Creative Commons works through videos and factsheets and delve a little deeper through our research. Because the uptake of CC here in Australia is only becoming more prominent, we’ve also introduced sector launch pages that conveniently couple sector-focused information with filtered content about that sector from the main blog. Now it is much easier to keep up with information on CC uptake in the Creative Industries, Education or by Governments here in Australia.

Last days to donate!

Just a quick reminder that there’s only a few more days to donate to CC’s 2009 fundraising campaign.

It’s been a hard year financially for everyone, including CC, and unfortunately at this point there’s still a fair way to go to our goal of $500,000.

So while we’re all winding down 2009, if you’ve got a bit of change in your pocket from Christmas and the sales, think about using it to support CC’s good work in free culture. Anything and everything is appreciated.

Here’s a great post by Michael Carroll going over some of the amazing things that CC has achieved in 2009.