Archive for November 2006

Creative Commons

November 19, 2006


Originally uploaded by Dr Stephen Dann.

Pop Quiz: How many readers can explain Creative Commons and list the 4 types of CC license? What percentage of the William and Mary population could answer these questions?

I was listening to the Talking with Tallis podcast on The Library 2.0 Gang on Open Access and Web3.0 and Janie Hermann from the Princeton Public Library commented on this very feature within Flickr. Do you need a picture of a pygmy marmoset? You have 43 choices. She said a lot more in suport of teaching Flickr to the public and I recommend you give the podcast a listen. There is a lot of substance here. This lead me to wonder how many of our students, faculty, and staff know about Creative Commons. Rrelated to this — if they don’t know, how do we tell them? Should we find a way to acquaint them with Creative Commons? If anyone has an opinion, leave a comment.

Flickr is a particularly rich site for images but you can also go to the Creative Commons site itself. They have a Creative commons search engine that allows you to send your search through a variety of sources including Google, Yahoo, flickr, and Owl Music Search.

I have a personal experience to relate regarding Creative Commons. I had occasion to to look for a photograph that I could legally use. I wandered around on the Internet until I remembered having read in another bog that Flickr identifies pictures that have been assigned a Creative commons license. Sure enough, you will see the creative commons symbols for attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives, and share alike where the creator has added a Creative Commons license to their work. Flickr makes it easy to search for items based on the type of license assigned. They have a Creative Commons page which briefly describes the kinds of licenses and provides searches within each category. Also, from the advanced search screen you can limit your search to those images with a Creative commons license and further specify if you want to be able to use it commercially and use it as part of a larger work. What did I find in my search? It is the photograph you see at the start of this post — Halo by Dr. Stephen Dunn. The cat is Bert, an Abyssinian short-hair who lived in Australia until he, as Kinky Friedman would say, “stepped on a rainbow.”