One of the great enablers for the global commons movement is the Creative Commons organization with its tools, affiliates and broader community. The Creative Commons licensing approach and its adoption by many opened up a new world for sharing creative works, music, literature, images and even electronic schematics, enabling and empowering more creators and even more users. It is our privilege to be hosts to the European regional group of Creative Commons Affiliates (CC Europe) who will gather for a meeting during CommonsFest. The participants of this meeting are based all over the region, from the Netherlands to Portugal, Turkey and Ukraine.
We hope we can contribute in our way to the great work of this community.
by Giannis Farsaris
founder of the digital library OPENBOOK
Back in the distant 1971, at the early steps of the internet, the 24 year old Michael Hart began to digitizing literary classics, free from copyrights, creating the emblematic Project Gutenberg. The idea was simple: to make easily accessible all over the world the wealth of literature, creating the biggest digital open library. He spent his entire life on this idea and left three years ago vindicated.
Continue reading Art of the Commons: the Greek open literary scene
In CommonsFest, we acknowledge the value of the largest free encyclopedia in the world, as well as the fact that this value is given by its users, since they are the ones who contribute all the content that exists in it and keeps developing dynamically.
In an attempt to further contribute to the Greek Wikipedia, our next pre-festival action will be a Photo Sprint for capturing monuments in the city of Heraklion, this Sunday, March 9th. Continue reading Creating Commons: Photographing our cultural heritage!
We are happily surprised when we read about other who are trying to do similar things. We thank the creativecommons.gr for the translated article below.
How does an organisation open-source their cultural festival? Can we share the process for organising a festival, so that other groups can use it themselves? How do organisations support activities and events throughout the year? Can we share the process for sustaining ongoing programs, so that other groups can do this too?
Continue reading Open Sourcing a Festival? Open Sourcing Everything!