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  2. Support for open licensing
  3. The CC BY license requirement “…as a condition of the receipt of a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (“Grant”), the Grantee will be required to license to the public (not including the Federal Government) all work created with the support of the grant (“Work”) under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (“License”).”
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  6. Here’s why we exist
  7. CC BY-NC “sharing” by ryancr -
  8. CC BY-NC-SA by Judy Baxter:
  9. CC BY-NC “fuzzy copyright” by PugnoM -
  10. Makes sharing easy, legal and scalable
  11. Free legal and technical tools that allow creators to grant copyright permissions to their creative work
  12. A simple, standardized, copyright license
  13. CC licenses are unique because they are expressed in three ways.
  14. Lawyer Readable Legal Code
  15. Human Readable Deed
  16. Machine Readable Metadata
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  21. “teaching, learning, and research materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others”
  22. CC BY “Atlas, it’s time for your bath” Woodleywonderworks
  24. ✓ Translations ✓ Accessibility ✓ Customization ✓ Evolution ✓ Affordability ✓ Innovation ✓ Discoverability
  25. Please attribute Creative Commons with a link to Creative Commons and the double C in a circle are registered trademarks of Creative Commons in the United States and other countries. Third party marks and brands are the property of their respective holders.

Editor's Notes

  1. Overview: Creative Commons
  2. So we’re part of the Open Professionals Education Network, otherwise known as OPEN. All of us here know this, and most if not all of us have been to the OPEN website at
  3. And we know why Creative Commons is here, namely to provide free support for open licensing, because of the grant requirement in the SGA!
  4. But before we dive into all that, which we will later today and especially tomorrow, we wanted to give you some context as to why CC BY is a licensing requirement in this grant, and why Creative Commons is so important in the education landscape.
  5. Creative Commons, if you don’t already know, is an actual organization. We’re a nonprofit, as most of these organizations go, and we have a website. If you don’t know it already, its
  6. We’re turning 10 later this year. Well, our tools, including the CC BY license you’ve been hearing so much about, are turning 10. So we’ve been around for a while.
  7. In education, and many other domains (such as research, science, music, art), many people already participate in and depend heavily on a sharing culture. Academics rely on sharing papers to improve their research, educators rely on sharing and adapting course materials for the classroom, and librarians are constantly thinking of ways to best share books, journals, and other resources with the public.
  8. In the process of sharing, people run into all sorts of barriers, especially at the institutional level
  9. Thanks to copyright law, which can be confusing, overly restrictive, and time-consuming, especially when you want to clear the permissions to use a resource that is developed by another person or institution. Usually, you have to get your lawyers talking to their lawyers to work out a different agreement every single time.
  10. That’s where Creative Commons comes in. Creative Commons makes sharing easy, legal, and scalable.
  11. By offering free legal and technical...
  12. One of which is Creative Commons Attribution, also known as CC BY.
  13. With the CC BY license, you retain your copyright, while granting some uses of your work.
  14. Namely, you grant the public the rights to copy, distribute, perform, display, and build upon your work, as long as they give you credit for your work.
  15. Credit is also known as attribution, and all CC licenses require attribution.
  16. Here is an example of an educational textbook that is publicly available under the CC BY license.
  17. Of course, Creative Commons offers more than one CC license -- there are six! But the only one you have to worry about is the CC BY license.
  18. The CC BY license is unique because it is expressed in three ways.
  19. * At base, the license is a traditional legal tool, with the kind of language and text formats that lawyers know and love. We call this the legal code layer of each license, which has been vetted by a global team of legal experts. * This is what makes CC BY enforceable in a court of law.
  20. *But since most of us are not lawyers, we also make the licenses available in a format that normal people can read and understand. * The Commons deed, also known as the “human readable” version of the license, summarizes the most important terms and conditions of the CC BY license into non-technical language. * We can think of the commons deed as the user-friendly interface to the Legal Code beneath.
  21. * The final layer of the license design is the machine-readable metadata. This is what really makes the CC license viable for the Internet age. This small snippet of HTML code summarizes the CC CBY license and associated metadata (such as who the work is authored by) into a format that software, search engines, and other kinds of technology can understand. * When you use our license chooser tool, you receive this snippet of HTML code, which you can copy and paste into your webpage.
  22. Let’s how you how it works. (Demo)
  23. And once you have marked up your webpage with the metadata, others can discover your work through CC license-enabled search services, such as Google, Yahoo!, and many other platforms that have enabled CC search.
  24. Let’s show you how it works. (Demo)
  25. Today, you can find around 500 million works on the web under CC licenses this way.
  26. And these works are not limited to the U.S., but originate from all around the world. It doesn’t matter where the author of the CC licensed work lives, because CC licenses work globally. We’ve worked very hard to make sure of that.
  27. For all of these reasons, Creative Commons licenses power the Open Educational Resources movement. In fact, it is the CC licenses that make OER possible.
  28. The Hewlett Foundation defines OER as... As you can see, any CC BY-licensed resource is considered an OER.
  29. So just by following the grant requirement, you are joining a global open education movement dedicated to furthering universal access to education.
  30. All of these initiatives, and more, are using CC licenses to share their educational materials with the world. Including more popular initiatives you may have heard about...
  31. Including Wikipedia
  32. Flickr
  33. and
  34. You can learn more about how Creative Commons licenses are being used in education at... There you can also learn how OER is improving the education landscape.
  35. For instance, these are just a few of the things that the CC BY license enables.
  36. Here’s one example: Collaborative Statistics is an introductory college-level textbook that was licensed CC BY by its authors.
  37. The textbook now lives on Connexions, a platform for OER, and is being updated to this day and has been adapted for use in community colleges around the country.
  38. And that’s pretty much all I have for today. I know that was a lot of information, so I’m open to questions, and you can also email me later if you remember a questions later.