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Friday, January 16, 2009

Report from CC board meeting

The report from Creative Commons' December 13-14, 2008 board meeting is now online. See especially:

... Legal and technical work on the CC0 waiver was completed on 1 December. Launch is pending. CC0 is a legal tool for waiving as many rights as legally possible, worldwide, superseding the U.S.-only public domain dedication, and crucially adding explicit support for freeing databases. Enhancement of public domain certification/assertion tools is an ongoing project. ...

CC International reported that four new jurisdictions have launched: Romania, Hong Kong, Guatemala, and Singapore and three existing jurisdictions upgraded their licenses to version 3.0: Germany, Austria, and Spain.

An innovative partnership with the Eurasia Foundation led to a competitive selection of affiliate institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia and a regional South Caucasus workshop. ...

The Neurocommons project moved from R&D to release phase at the end of September with a stable version of the knowledgebase (KB). Science Commons began soliciting mirror installations, feedback, and use cases.

ccLearn has added an open database of educational projects and organizations (ODEPO) as well as an interactive map of upcoming open educational events, based on the semantic mediawiki platform. We will also be hosting the site, which aggregates all of the OER feeds from participating projects into a single clearinghouse for easier use and dissemination. ...