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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CC licenses for dissertations

Jane Park, CC Licensing Your Dissertations, Creative Commons, February 17, 2009.

... Two [University of California,] Berkeley graduates from the School of Information have [used] CC licensing their dissertations. In the words of The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s independent, student-run newspaper:

... Two recent Berkeley students to file their dissertations using a Creative Commons license are Joseph Lorenzo Hall and danah boyd. Hall navigated through much bureaucratic red tape, but found that most of his difficulty came from simple formatting issues, not any ideological disagreement by the university. Another School of Information graduate, danah boyd, also filed her dissertation under Creative Commons shortly thereafter.

On Jan. 28, the Dean of the Graduate Division committed to make Creative Commons licensing available to future students. All students interested in contributing to the effort to make education more affordable and accessible should consider using Creative Commons instead of traditional copyright. ...

Both danah’s and Joseph’s dissertations are licensed CC BY-NC-ND and are respectively entitled “Taken Out of Context — American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics” and “Policy Mechanisms for IncreasingTransparency in Electronic Voting“.

We hope that other institutions and individuals will also embrace the significant benefits gained by CC licensing academic outputs such as dissertations. ...

Comment. Peter notes that use of CC licenses for dissertations dates to at least 2006; see this example from Caltech. See also the comments on the CC blog post for other examples.

Update. See also danah boyd's comments.