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Mary Burgess: “There is still some concern about intellectual property for faculty and how all would work”

Mary Burgess

Mary Burgess (BCcampus)

Second full interview from Canadians using CC licensesThe re-launched Creative Commons Canada has BCcampus as the main institution representing Creative Commons in the British Columbia area. In a conversation by Skype with Mary Burgess, the Director of Curriculum Services and Applied Research, introduces to the organization and its involvement on the Creative Commons mission and her particular involvement in open education.

 – What is BCcampus and when did you started working in this organization?

BCcampus is a group that is funded by the BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education, to provide collaborative services and resourcing, an advocacy for education technology, online learning and open education initiatives. This is where the Creative Commons comes in, for us.  Continue reading

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Canadians using CC licences

Creative Commons Canada profile picture on Twitter. Follow them at @CC_Canada

Creative Commons Canada profile picture on Twitter (@CC_Canada)

For a wide country like Canada, a larger team of Creative Commons supporters is needed in order to build a strong affiliate team that promotes Creative Commons licences and activities as well as free culture and open resources across the country. 

This is a brief overview of different profiles working with or for Creative Commons in the Canadian territory: how they started using CC licences, how this are promoted across the country, their thoughts about plagiarism, copyright VS. copyleft, free culture…

In March 2012, Creative Commons Canada was re-launched in a more institutional way, to give an infrastructure to the team and its activities. Previously, supporters at Creative Commons Canada were just individual volunteers. Continue reading

Boundless and Opening Education: CC-licensed digital textbooks

Boundless

Boundless is one of the companies that offers digital textbooks, now under Creative Commons licenses (BY-SA)

The textbooks publishers have found a digital nightmare. Maybe is not right to talk about enemies but they are fearful opponents, indeed. Internet and access to new and portable technologies (laptops, tablets, smartphones…) have increased the usage of digital textbooks instead of printed and expensive unupdated encyclopedias.

Startups such as Boundless or BC Campus’ Opening Education project offer students and faculty digital textbooks under Creative Commons licenses that can be used wholly or partially at no costs, where traditional textbooks are usually expensive and unupdated most of the time. Continue reading

Canadian Government Licences are incompatible with Creative Commons

Creative Commons Canada Participates in the Open Government Licence Consultation

Creative Commons Canada participates in the Open Government Licence Consultation (creativecommons.ca)

The Canadian affiliate team for Creative Commons warned the Government of Canada on the incompatibilites with Creative Commons licences found on the Proposed Open Government Licence Agreement, which will be released in Spring.

The proposal is part of the Canadian plan for an open government, aiming to promote a widely use and reuse of federal information. It  is based in the licenses for the public sector used in the United Kingdom that can be found in the website or their National Archives.

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