Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Creative Commons comes closer to home

This post is for you to consider whether you wish to join Creative Commons as an institutional or individual member.
The Creative Commons organisation provides a range of benefits to our industries. To better understand these benefits take a look at these case studies http://creativecommons.org.au/content/BAAC_government_cluster.pdf

In 2018, Creative Commons internationally transitions from a structure of country teams affiliated with the North American headquarters of Creative Commons to a broader and flatter network. This change will facilitate growth of the Creative Commons network (CCGN) beyond its current core of affiliate teams and give you and your institution greater opportunity to shape equitable access to internet resources. Basically, the idea is that there will be two layers of membership, one institutional, and the other individual. 

Country teams, like CCAustralia, will help new people join the movement in this new membership structure. It is an ideal opportunity for institutions in the GLAM sector to consider the merit of institutional membership. Joining the network globally will allow you to interact with like-minded peer institutions in shaping approaches to enhanced access for our users and develop expertise in CC licensing among members into the future.

As the foundation institutional affiliate in Australia since its beginnings in 2004 QUT is offering further advice about the process. Accompanying the change in membership structure will be a change in governance. The main governance body will be a global Council to which each country with active individual members will contribute a representative. Members in counties will meet; members globally will have the opportunity to collaborate on advocacy and projects to advance the goals of Creative Commons; and people who are not members will have communications channels that they can participate in.

Contact Nerida at QUT if you wish to know more.

Nerida Quatermass | University Copyright Officer | Project Manager, Creative Commons Australia at QUT
Library | Technology, Information and Library Services
P: 07 3138 4616 | E: n.quatermass@qut.edu.au www.qut.edu.au

About CC
Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. Creative Commons helps legally share knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. Creative Commons provides a suite of free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to provide a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work on conditions of your choice. Creative Commons is the global standard for sharing content for use and re-use. There are over 1 billion CC-licensed works online, including on major content platforms like Flickr, Wikipedia, Soundcloud, and YouTube. Its licenses are crucial for open data, open access publishing, open educational resources and open textbooks, and more. 

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