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Catalyst Grants

Results Announced
Thanks to all applicants!


Questions? Write to grants@creativecommons.org.

Aftermath: Lessons Learned

In June 2010 we launched our first CC Catalyst Grant program (below). We were floored by the number of applications and their high quality. And although we were unable to fund more proposals this time around, we also learned a lot about what makes a strong proposal and would like share these thoughts with the community. Check out our grant writing tips.

Purpose of the Catalyst Grants Program

Creative Commons is investing up to $100,000 to empower individuals and communities deeply rooted in the principles of openness and sharing. With the Catalyst Grants program, Creative Commons will seed activities around the globe that support our mission. Our goal is to scale our community's efforts and support them in becoming self-sustainable. Through a rigorous public review and transparent evaluation process, the best proposals submitted by CC affiliates and the broader community, will be selected to receive $1,000–$10,000 to make their ideas a reality.

Fundable Projects

Applicants may seek funding for activities that positively impact Creative Commons' mission of fostering creativity (cultural, educational, scientific and other content) in the commons, to promote understanding and adoption of CC's tools, licenses and technologies, and to support the building and work of communities that use or benefit from CC licenses, tools, and technologies.

Some funding may be ear-marked to address particular issues, programs or activities, geographies or other specified objectives or criteria, all as may be posted by Creative Commons.

Grants will range in amount from US$ 1,000 - US$ 10,000.

Example projects:

  1. Convening a workshop on best/recommended practices for developing and publishing Open Educational Resources, or CC-licensed works in some other high-value field.
  2. Publishing an academic article comparing multiple jurisdictions' laws on copyright exceptions and limitations.
  3. Establishing metrics for and measuring the impact of CC-licensed works within a particular field or discipline, such as education or science, or particular geography, such as Africa.
  4. Documenting novel business models that are enabled by Creative Commons licenses and technologies, including commercial ventures.
  5. Studying the benefits and challenges associated with incorporating CC licenses and technologies within governments, or libraries, museums and other cultural institutions.
  6. Preparing a white paper on the negative effects of license proliferation, or documenting case studies involving license incompatibilities.
  7. Supporting a local affiliate team implementing a CC-related technology challenge, such as adding license support to a specific CMS.
  8. Examining the effects that the licensing of databases and data have on scientific research and discovery.
  9. Creating a database of projects that have adopted the CC0 public domain dedication, which places works in the public domain or as close as legally possible, for content and/or data they publish, and how such content and data is thereafter used by others and with what effects.
  10. Capacity-building for CC affiliate projects such as development of proposals for and pursuit of local funding.
  11. Outreach projects the demonstrate the value of CC, such as a clinic on using free software creation tools to remix CC-licensed content.

Funding may not be used for lobbying activities, license porting activities (launch events, legal review or translations of the licenses, etc.), Salons, exclusively for the creation of CC-licensed works, or for similar activities and events, all as determined by CC in its discretion. Events must be outcome-driven and integral to CC's mission. Grants cannot be used to support "meetings for the sake of meetings" or regional meetings unless those meetings result in outputs such as those described above. Funding may not be provided for events that Creative Commons may be funding in whole or in part.

Funds will be distributed beginning in August and cannot be applied to previously incurred expenses. Applications for activities funded by other means will not be accepted.

Who May Apply

Any organization or institution may apply. Applications from or endorsed by official CC affiliate institutions* will receive preference. Joint applications from official CC affiliate institutions and other organizations are also welcomed, although each joint proposal will still be capped by the maximum grant amount. Applicants wishing to establish an official CC jurisdiction project in their country are encouraged to apply as well. Applications from non-OECD countries will be given special consideration.

There is no limit to the number of applications an organization or group of organizations may submit, although bear in mind that Creative Commons will try to distribute grants across organizations and regions.

  • Affiliate institutions and related contact information can be found by visiting creativecommons.org/international. Institutions are listed by jurisdiction; simply click on a jurisdiction flag and scroll toward the bottom of the page where the information may be found.

Application Process

Creative Commons will publish one or more Calls for Grant Applications, which will detail application processes and deadlines, as well as any supplemental application criteria. All applications must be submitted in English and will be made public on the Creative Commons wiki. The application form must be accompanied by a proposed budget. See below for more details.

Successful applicants will be required to sign a Grant Agreement as a condition of receiving funds, which agreement will specify reporting, accounting and other terms and conditions governing receipt and use of the funds. Among other things, all Grant Agreements will provide that all original material produced within the scope of the grant program will be made available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license or CC0 or if the material is software, a free/libre/open source software license.

Grant recipients must also agree to report on and document the project and use of funds as described by Creative Commons in the Grant Agreement. Recipients agree to participate in communication with the grant committee and coordinators, and also with fellow grantees, CC staff, and CC jurisdictions, all as may be reasonably requested.

Application and Grant Calendar

  • Call for CC affiliate Catalyst Grants applications: opens April 23
  • Call for public Catalyst Grants applications: opens May 14
  • Catalyst Fundraising Campaign: June 1 – June 30
  • Deadline for all Catalyst Grants applications: June 30, midnight PST (GMT -7)
  • Review Committee convenes: July 1 – July 30
  • Catalyst Grants results: announced August 30

Review Process

Following initial screening by CC for completeness and appropriateness of the project proposed, applications will be published online for a period of public review and comment. By submitting a grant application, Applicant agrees to such publication, and further agrees not to reveal any confidential or other information that the Applicant is restricted from disclosing publicly, to Creative Commons, or otherwise.

A Grant Review Committee established by Creative Commons will evaluate the grant applications and make recommendations to Creative Commons for final action. You may download the Review Committee Scorecard, so that you can see how the applications will be evaluated.

The committee consists of CC staff (Melissa Reeder, Aurelia Schultz, Chiaki Hayashi, and Michelle Thorne) as well as a single representative from each of the following regions: Sub-Saharan Africa (Paul Kiwehlo), Asia-Pacific (Jane Hornibrook), Europe (Paul Keller), Middle East/Arab world (Bassel Safadi), Latin and North America (Hiram Meléndez-Juarbe). Official CC affiliate institutions within each jurisdiction are expected to establish a process for selecting a single regional representative to serve on the Grant Review Committee; however, if no regional representative is selected or if a process is not established for any reason prior to the commencement of the Grant Review Committee's work, then Creative Commons may select a representative for the region. Regional representatives will serve for a period of one year, and are expected to make themselves available for conference calls and meetings to review and establish recommendations for review and action by Creative Commons.

Creative Commons reserves the right to amend or modify these terms at any time in its sole discretion, and to discontinue the Catalyst Grants program at any time.

Grant applications in progress or submitted

2lifeCast
2lifeCast has been created with the intent to be a protected environment where authors, of any kind, can share their works under the Creative Commons framework. 2lifeCast's goal is to constitute a Syndication, defined as a system where any member becomes a broadcaster of all the works produced by other members, in order to gain, with pervasive use of the Internet and 3D worlds (i.e. SecondLife, O...

A journey on foot--Chekhov in sounds project
We want to make a free sound drama and affiliated music materials database website of below characteristics : 1. Break the space and time limits – people can listen to the drama anytime anyplace by downloading the track from website. 2. Remake for free- people can use all sound materials in the website to in their works, we expect to see more creative feedback, maybe our drama will be sampled into...

Access to Knowledge and Alternatives to Copyright in El Salvador
This project aims to be a previous step to the Creative Commons (CC) Licenses porting process in El Salvador. In order to start the localization process, first is needed to sensitize civil organizations and government entities about the importance of balancing copyright and Access to Knowledge as a public policy to enhance higher standards in education, culture and technology. Free software and CC...

Adopting Highly-Reconfigurable, Networked Cameras for Live-Streamed Meetings
Elphel, Inc. "provide[s] high performance cameras based on free software and hardware designs." These cameras are more akin to miniaturized computer devices, complete with Ethernet and USB connectivity, than traditional cinematic cameras. The purpose of this project is to investigate adoption of these cameras as a "go-to" solution for live-streaming meetings using entirely free-and-open-source s...

Applying Creative Commons to rural development in China.
The project will begin to develop a knowledge base addressing needs of communities as they undergo rapid environmental and social change.

The initial target communities will be two villages in the rural north of China, as they face severe, extended, drought as well as depopulation due to the adult population either migrating to find work, or suffering from HIV/AIDS.

The project will involve tr...

Approach for a Working Emerging Field Through Scratch for Secondary Students
The proyect "Approach for a Working Emerging Field Through Scratch for Secondary Students" raises the realization of a workshop from October to November 2010, in an introductory level, where one hundred children will learn and develop knowledge and basic skills in computer applications programming, in a educational and meaningful way through the Scratch programming environment (http://www.scratch....

Arabic Open Educational Resources (OER) Platform
Arabic countries lack of an organized repository for open education resources that allows interoperability between educational organizations and focuses on open access and open content for instructors and students. The project tends to solve the problem by building a fully functional online educational system that provides free sharing of educational resources. It will also encourage the creation ...

Assessing the effect of license choice on the use of lexical resources
WordNets (Semantic net works similar to enhanced thesauruses) have been built for over 50 languages, based on the design of the original, freely released English WordNet and are widely used in research and text processing applications. However, not all WordNets have been released under an open license. We will measure the correlation of the openness of the license with the use of the WordNet in ...

AudioImager
AudioImager is a simple video editor software for making videos from audio files and photos. The software enables users to combine the audio to relevant photos to users own photos or CC-licensed photos. The 7000-dollar grant enables the project team to author and present an academic paper, which analyzes the project software.

Avbi personal : budget+ tax+advisor web tool for Guatemala
a financial planning tool (balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement, tax reporting, advisor) to facilitate today's problem of tax reporting and stimulate proper use of credit, spending and saving future income through a open source web application for individuals.

BatasPinoy Project
Philippine laws are complex and many times complicated for the understanding of ordinary Filipinos and non-lawyers. Most available legal references are obviously under the strict application of copyright, expensive because they are proprietary, and couched in legalese.

The idea of BatasPinoy is to commission 5 to 10 legal scholars to write basic legal information and materials that affect the Fil...

Beirut Metblogs
Metblogs is the oldest and largest network of local media blogs. Over the last 7 years our volunteer driven blogs have proven to be powerful forces for their communities. We currently have blogs in close to 60 cities around the world but have not had much luck reaching the middle east. We'd like to use a CC catalyst grant to reach out and jump start a blog in a single key middle eastern city and t...

Best Practices for Startups: Leveraging CC to Optimize Resources
This project, designed to last three months, is divided in three phases. The first is the research and development phase, during which the organization will research best practices in entrepreneurship using CC and also determine new ways in which its entrepreneurs can leverage CC. The second phase consists on coaching coaches and entrepreneurs on these best practices and their advantages for boots...

BiDi en Iberoamèrica
Considering the growing role of digital libraries in the dissemination of knowledge, it is important to support them by increasing their access to knowledge and thus facilitate the construction of a more equitative society within a legal framework.

Those interested in creating digital libraries would find support materials on copyright issues for the digital environment, especially regarding Crea...

CC Asia Pacific Conference 2010
CC Asia Pacific Conference 2010 is a two-day international conference to be organized by CC Korea where CC communities in Asia and the Pacific will gather together to share experience and discuss common issues and potential projects. This will be a valuable occasion for CC jurisdictions in the region to enhance ties of friendship and cooperation while providing a venue for individuals and organiza...

CC Commentary
Legal commentaries, as a format dating back to justinian roman law, are a key asset for legal work when both statutes and case law have to be considered. Just as they make statutory law workable for legal practice, legal commentaries can support working with private order standard systems and thus have developed for instance around the GPL license. For the six core licenses of Creative Commons, ho...

CC Full-dome
We want to build a platform for full-dome film projection and production, making it possible for artists, film-makers and students to freely access a dome and create content for this medium that is currently in its infancy. This project will serve to acquire the technology and materials to build the dome, port VJ software (MX-Wendler) to the Linux platform, create the technical infrastructure and ...

CC Latin Policy
The adoption of Creative Commons licenses by governments and universities to share public sector information as well as educational and scientific material is triggered by policy, administrative decisions, and legal context. The definition of public licenses and the implementation of early Open Access policies started in Anglo-Saxon countries. Latin countries (in Europe and America) are also adopt...

CC Policy Makers and Industry Leaders Arab World Forum
The aim of the forum is to invite senior policy makers (judges, government officials, ministers and academics) and industry leaders for a two day meeting in Amman, Jordan (possibly at the Columbia University Middle East Research Centre) to discuss the use of CC in the Arab world in government, academia and business. The forum will also invite legal scholars and copyright experts from the region an...

CC Uploader for Drupal
The Creative Commons Video Uploader for Drupal will allow organizations with basic broadband connections (cable modem or DSL) and thousands of hours of video in large archives to share this content with the rest of the world by pushing the video to Creative Commons friendly Content Distribution Networks (CDN) including Archive.org and Blip.tv. This project builds on existing work done for the Dru...

CDLD Editions
CDLD Editions plans to be a free online library of culture and art related publications. These publications will be made, edited and published by us using ISSUU and posted on our Weebly website. CDLD is Laboratorio Dzityá Documentation Center, part of La Periferia Gallery, where we have documented the artistic panorama in the Yucatan peninsula and Mexico since 2005. CDLD Editions will be a new ext...

CDLD.ORG / Virtual Documentation Center of the Arts
CDLD.ORG is an free and unlimited online virtual documentation center for the arts. It´s main purpose is to be the largest artistic site in Latin America, archiving thousands of audio, video and image files. It´s content is user generated and artists, curators, musicians and so forth will be able to upload their files without space limits, censor and it will be totally free of cost. The most impor...

Cacao, Commons’ Central American Observatory
Cacao beans were highly appreciated by the Mayas in Mesoamerica (Southern Mexico and Central America). It had several uses, one of them was as currency and therefore it represents trade and exchange.

Cacao Commons’, Central American Observatory, seeks to register the licenses of Creative Commons in the use of information in Central America, It will emphasis in Guatemala and Costa Rica because the...

Catalyst Languages
Create a repository of CC language teaching resources. Remix and create brand new resources suitable for use within the UK curriculum. Host on our public Virtual Learning Environment. Deliver training in CC licensing and using open source technology to our network of partner schools, encouraging them to further develop and contribute new resources to the repository. Write up the project and submit...

Central and Eastern European Free Culture Policy Workshop
We want to organize in Warsaw (or in its vicinity), in the first half of 2011, a two-day regional meeting of free culture activists (and in particular Creative Commons leads) from Central and Eastern Europe. It's a first of its kind opportunity to meet at regional level, recognize the region's specificity with respect to free culture growth – but also due to common economic and developmental condi...

Colombian Bicenntenial in Wikipedia
This year many iberomerican countries celebrate the bicentennial of their independence and despite the passing of time (for public domain purposes), it is still difficult to access content related to these events.

The information that circulates is soon rendered obsolete due to technology, and very little of it circulates on the most popular internet channels, thus enjoying some access.

This pro...

Commercial Use in Social Media – a Comparative Legal Study
The project will offer a legal definition to the term "commercial use" in the context of Israeli Intellectual Property law and CC Licenses based on a comparative legal study. The study will focus on the Social Media environment where the boundaries between commercial and non-commercial activities are blurred. The study will be carried out by mapping the current legal definitions as it is reflected...

Common Quill
This project would produce a web site hosting CC and public domain fiction allowing derivative works. Individuals will be able to borrow a character, place, creature, thing or theme from a story and create a derivative work. You will also be able to view the creative DNA of a work, much like CC Mixter, by seeing where a character or work originated and who has remixed it.

Common Spaces for Creative People. Toolkit for CC@Coworking Spaces
Collaboration, Openness and Communities are main components of coworking. Coworking is a very topical and popular subject, as more and more people want to work at or create such places for working together. A lot of those people are open-minded, but do not know yet what CC is and how to use it. The toolkit will be a perfect way to promote the understanding and adoption of CC's within people workin...

CommonsWire.org
We propose to bring Creative Commons and other open content systems into the era of the real-time Web through the creation of feeds, widgets and an aggregation website. Other sites, such as alltop.com, successfully use a “river of news” model to assemble easy-to-scan listings of the most recent news, posts, updates and media uploads broken down by category (eg., Science, Education, Cooking). We wa...

Conference Funding for Transformative Works And Cultures
Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is an online, international, peer-reviewed journal published by the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) and copyrighted under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. Since TWC's launch in September, 2008, we have published four issues of scholarship about transformative works such as fan fiction, fan vids, film, TV, anime, ...

Congressional Scorecard Library
PPF will create the first-ever centralized, query-able and shareable repository of congressional scorecards created by issue groups, on OpenCongress.org. Scorecards are invaluable sources of information because they contain descriptions and positions on individual votes written by subject matter experts from established positions (knowing what both the Christian Coalition and the ACLU have to say ...

ContentPay
I propose to build a standardised content sales processing system and set up a competent and transparent organisational structure to run it. By acting as a piece of standard middleware with the specific purpose of processing content sales transactions and maintaing a catalogue of content purchased by users, this system will allow creators of content to customise the way they sell and share their ...

Creating educational resources for open sharing: a CC licences guidance package
We propose to run two workshops in different regions of the UK on good practice in the use of CC licences when creating and publishing OERs (Open Educational Resources) in open digital repositories together with a downloadable support package offering tools and guidance for participants and the wider education community. The workshops will be created and delivered by an experienced team at the LLA...

Creative Commons Latam Conference 2010
'CC Latam Conference 2010' is a two day regional conference organized by 'Bienes Comunes A.C.' (the affiliated institution of 'Creative Commons' in Argentina) where Latin American free culture communities and Creative Commons Latam chapters will gather together to share experiences and discuss common projects. This will be an important meeting for CC Latam communities to enhance ties of friendship...

Creative Commons Licensing for the North Carolina General Assembly
This project would explore the potential benefits and challenges of Creative Commons licensing for information produced by the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA). Inspired by the copyright policy the New York State Senate has adopted, participants would research existing policies and operating procedures relating to intellectual property rights and public information. The research would culmin...

Creative Commons in Music Education
This project, Creative Commons in Music Education, will connect a group of interested music educators to develop a deep understanding of creative commons licensing, design and implement projects that integrate CC licensed digital content for K-12 music students, develop best-practices of CC licensed content in music education, and promote the use of creative commons licensing across music educatio...

Cross-LMS Course Repository
The number of learning management systems and courses is growing everyday as it becomes an educational imperative to adopt online content and to provide accessible learning opportunities for students. However, the ability to share contextualized resources and activities in a coherent and structured manner is both not available and hindered by the proliferation of LMS course formats, export inform...

Developing a methodology to run Creative Commons license-based architectural competitions.
Our aim is to build a know-how on running alternative, open license-based two-phase architectural competitions. Participants of the first phase are required to submit their works under Creative Commons licenses - this allows in the second phase to feel freely inspired by and reuse others' designs without critical legal restrictions. During a 2-days workshop we would develop a methodology to organi...

Development of a Photovoice Database Resource Center
Teaching online requires inventive approaches on the part of the teacher in order to facilitate an optimum educational experience. A research strategy called “photovoice” (Wang & Burris, 1997) has been adapted by the applicants to become an interactive online teaching technology (Perry, 2006). The photovoice (PV) teaching strategy involves the use of digital images combined with reflective questio...

Dream - open brand
My project is to build and foster an open brand called “Dream” (“Dos Sonhos” in Portuguese), that will benefit anyone who has a dream and need little financial support to accomplish, sustain or even chase it.

Its objective is to help people getting [extra] money by creating meaning for products or services they can temporarily sell to enable their dream - something they can do well, that is not v...

EduOuiConnect
EduOuiConnect is an educational project targeted at the learning community in Nigeria.Due to the low level of quality education in the country,EduOuiConnect seeks innovative approach to arrest the falling standard of education in the country.EDUouiCONNECT is a conceptual framework that focuses on BETTER EDUCATION CONTENT DISTRIBUTION and CONSUMPTION PARADIGMS needed to catalyse the current gap in ...

Educational App Software Development
I'm the founder & CEO of Wirelessapps and currently i'm also the IT Director for a non profit K-12 online school which develops custom accelerated learning courses for students experiencing learning difficulties within the classroom. We enroll them in our program, analyze strengths and weaknesses in their learning curves and bring them up to the pace of their classmates. I'm working on developing ...

Election Liberia Project
The purpose of the Liberian Election Project is to provide for the information needs of the Liberian people in what might be the most important election in the nation's history, the presidential elections of October 2011. The Liberian media suffers from a chronic shortage of resources and trained personnel, and large portions of the public remain disconnected from critical debates on national iss...

ElectricalWhat
Frustrated by the difficulty of searching schematic symbols through long lists with little information led to the creation of ElectricalWhat, a database of electronic components. Electrical What displays all electronic components in an accessible, cataloged format. ElectricalWhat stands apart from other reference materials in its ability to provide search based on a symbol's appearance. The image ...

Eleversion
Eleversion aims to aims to provide a platform for content + metadata hosting and collaborative development, tailored to the needs of decentralized collaborators working within the Creative Commons ecosystem. Off-the-shelf open source tools (Drupal, Plone/Zope, Bit Torrent, Wordpress, Joomla) will be evaluated, with an eye toward extending/integrating existing tools rather than building from scratc...

Enhancing Civic Engagement in Rural Minnesota
While raw voter information is available online, it is unprocessed and is often overlooked by civic engagement groups as viable data to share with constituents. Additionally, while a handful of Minnesota C3 and C4 groups have converted the data to be more human readable, the information is then considered proprietary by each individual organization; segmenting the information and narrowing points...

Facilitating Access to Scientific Publications
The purpose of this study is to provide a systematic basis for promoting access to scientific publications and research findings. The study will identify legal barriers on access to scientific resources and provide a coherent legal policy to be adopted by various policy makers in Israel. Among other things we would like to develop an Israeli Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine (SCAE), like the one...

Fantastique Unfettered: A Periodical of Liberated Literature
Fantastique Unfettered, a Periodical of Liberated Literature, exists to provide well-written, compellingly readable, original stories of fantasist fiction to readers. Our Transcendent Purpose is to create fiction that is unfettered by tradition copyright. That is why our content carries a CC-BY-SA license. Fantastique Unfettered will continually seek ways to generate revenue with the end goal of...

Fig's Library Recording Studio Free Music Project
Fig's Library Recording Studio is a start up, low-cost music recording studio in Phoenix, Arizona dedicated to providing professional services to those artists who couldn't otherwise afford a session in a studio. Through artist education, affordable recording services, and a flexible, nurturing environment for musicians, Fig's intends to explore alternatives to the current music business paradigm...

FooCorp -- a music label focused on sharing of creative works, providing new opportunities for free culture musicians.
We have been loosely working under the 'FooCorp' banner for approximately two years. During that time, we have successfully launched and bootstrapped a music service, Libre.fm, focused exclusively on musicians licensing their music under the free cultural licenses from Creative Commons, as well as other groups like the Free Software Foundation. Libre.fm is the first stage in our plan to foster the...

Furtherer our nation’s development: reducing the digital divide in Guatemala by integrating learning objectives for high school students.
The Education in Guatemala is free and compulsory for six years. In 2010, the gross primary enrollment rate and the net primary enrollment rate are close to 75%. However, only 30% of students who begin primary school in Guatemala complete this level of education. Children who do not attend school are concentrated in rural areas, and a disproportionate number of them are indigenous. We have identi...

Gateways to Creativity
Since the advent of the web, public libraries have been helping to bridge the digital divide by not only providing public access computers, but by also providing training regarding how to use technology. Taking advantage of the creative potential of technology tools like Flickr and YouTube requires awareness that the tools exist and the skills required to use them. Through this grant, we will deve...

History Digitization Project
The main objectives of our project are to convert the Squamish Public Library's historical materials (photos, newspapers, audio, video etc.) into electronic formats and upload these materials to a database that is searchable and accessible via the Internet. This will ensure that the history of our town and surrounding area is preserved and easily accessible to the public.

Images of People, Networks of Sharing: How Does Creative Commons Impact Flickr
We propose to study how Creative Commons (CC) licensed content is consumed and shared by audiences. Our intent is to study the photo-sharing service Flickr to assess (a) whether CC licensed materials reach more viewers than non-CC licensed materials, and (b) whether CC licensed materials encourage larger, more robust social network communities than non-CC licensed materials. Because Flickr allow...

Implementing a web site that will provide technical and legal support for Latin-American publishers of academic journals to satisfy open journal standards
The proposal is to design, develop and implement a web site that will provide technical and legal support for Latin-American publishers of academic journals to satisfy open journal standards. The site will provide legal support according to the Chilean and Colombian regulation, but it will be adaptable for other jurisdictions. Contents will be available in Spanish, and it will include proposal of ...

Increasing Volunteer Engagement with Creative Commons Technology Development
Free software developers have built really important tools in the Creative Commons ecosystem, but they are not experts in building and sustaining communities around that software. OpenHatch is an involvement engine for free and open source software, providing free tools to help FOSS projects recruit volunteers and to help volunteers develop their skills and a sense of community. We aim to help CC ...

Inellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age
The aim of this project is to support the knowledge society in Serbia by establishing the platform to provide Intellectual Property Rights details relevant for creating, using and re-using educational, scientific, artistic and media contents. These details are related on IP law terms and services including free licenses, open education resources and wiki projects' explanations. That will be a usef...

International Forum on Access to Culture and Knowledge in the Digital Era (FCForum): New Economical Models
The FCForum (in 2010 at its 2nd edition) responds to the need for an international arena in which to build and coordinate a global framework for action and a common agenda for issues related to free/libre culture and access to knowledge. The FCForum brings together key organizations and active voices in the sphere of free/libre culture and knowledge, and provides a meeting point where we can...

Internet Futures: A documentary on the history and politics of online video
This is a proposal to fund the production of a feature-length documentary film investigating the motives of entrepreneurs, programmers, engineers, designers, video journalists, and activists working to create -- as well as to control or liberate -- Internet video standards. We contextualize our specific case study, the recent debate over HTML5 and the future of Internet multimedia, within the broa...

Lo.SeLiLi.org (Servizio Licenze Libere Lombardia) - Startup of the Lombardy Free/Open Licenses Clinic
Lo.SeLiLi is a free licenses law clinic based in the Lombardy region (Servizio Licenze Libere Lombardia). The scope of the law clinic (something that differently from the U.S. represents a very recent phenomena in Italy) is to provide with technical informations and legal advice users of Free/Open Licenses (Creative Commons, Gnu-GPL, BSD, Artistic, etc). The project proposed is the startup of Lo.S...

Local Wiki Creative Commons Education
This project is a series of in-person workshops designed to introduce and accustom local community members to Creative Commons licensing in the context of a local community wiki. This project will complement the LocalWiki project (http://localwiki.org), an effort to bring a new form of collaborative media to local communities, funded in part by the Knight Foundation as part of the Knight News Chal...

MOSCAR: Museum Open Source Code and Application Repository
Liberty Science Center's (LSC) MOSCAR project is a web initiative that attempts to promote collaboration and access of open source code, frameworks, applications, and technology information amongst museums, science centers, and the like-minded community. On a basic level, the project will act as an exchange and hub for free software, scripts, tutorials/links, and documentation that will be both su...

Mapping Austin’s Music Ecosystem
The following proposes the examination of Creative Commons (CC) licensing and its adoption among musicians in the Austin area, often called the live music capital of the world. The study attempts to answer the following question: What considerations determine whether musicians adopt CC licenses for their work? While there are a handful of related works and case studies that bring to light, “how ma...

Metalinker.org Download Improvements
Metalinker.org is an open source project that produces Internet Standards related to downloads as well. We work to provide automated download solutions, so file transfers are more reliable and error proof. This is mostly used for large software downloads currently, but is just as useful for media files.

Microcréditos CC (CC microcredits)
Microcréditos CC (CC microcredits) is a research into free culture microfinancing based on the notion of community profit introducing the possibility of returning money in the form of packets of "training" and educational methodogies, FLOSS code or physical products (open hardware/open design) involving community development and emancipation.

The aim of Microcréditos CC is to establish together ...

Move Commons: Moving Collectives and Initiatives Towards The Commons
Move Commons (MC) is a simple and effective tool for initiatives, collectives, NGOs and social movements to declare the core principles they are committed to in order to promote openness, understanding, cooperation and encouragement of The Commons amongst them.

Just as CC does with cultural works, MC aims to provide a standard, user-friendly, bottom-up, self-labelling system for each collective o...

OTILS, an open tool to identify living species
We want to design, develop and release an open tool to identify species, starting with trees. This tool aims to be used on the field, by children or adults, so it will be available as an application on mobile platforms. Relying on an expert system, the application will ask simple questions based on the observation of a specimen: each answer filters the list of species, until there is only one left...

One Retweet
One Retweet is a global collective collaborating on creating content for Peace. It is a project that only uses Creative Commons licensed resources, because Peace is Priceless. One Retweet promotes Creative Commons to facilitate the process of ideas mixing and mingling into real strategies to bring Peace to the world. Peace is an idea that belongs to no single person but to everyone and future gen...

OneFileEverywhere for Creative Commons
We would like to propose providing a service to the Creative Commons on a non profit basis to promote global creativity and eduction via the sharing of information between individuals, non-profits, government agencies and corporations. We would like to provide an integration to the CC collaborative space for individuals to log into with connections to major document and content repositories and c...

Open Educational Resources Content Repository for training educational researchers in Latin America
Create a content repository of open educational resources (OER) and mobile learning resources on educational research and research training which will be available in a website, where these resources will be open, free and licensed for use, reuse and distribution in Mexico, Latin America and the rest of the world within the field of educational innovation with Creative Common Licenses.

Open Font Library
A large number of fonts now exist in the commons and are useful for all computer users. However, most people are unaware of this and have no way to easily browse and use these fonts. The Open Font Library aims to correct this by collecting and visually showcasing them on the web. The applicants are two web developers who have volunteered substantial amounts of time to the site this year, and are b...

Open Government Observatory
Open Government initiatives are gaining momentum all over the world over the past five years. While the term Open Government has been in use for at least half a century to represent notions of transparency, participation and accountability, only recently it has been associated with the use of Free Software, Open Content, Data and Services. It has gradually grown to encompass a wide variety of publ...

Open Lutheran Hymnal
Open Lutheran Hymnal is to be a dynamic web portal providing public domain/Creative Commons licensed hymns for Lutherans. It is hoped the project will communicate the ethical and Christian character of media sharing to the 8.6 million professing Lutherans in North America, and the Christian community at large. After developing the necessary software to support the project, the hundreds of public...

Open Robotics Platform
We are proposing to make a fully Open Robotics learning platform for children, using Arduino and free software projects, like Turtle art. We have now a beta of this and it's called Hypercubo.

Open Source Studio
The short-term aim of this project is to create a hi-tech audio-and-visual demonstration which uses Creative Commons licensed works and open-source software. Bringing together recent advances in freely-available software and commercially-available hardware designed for home-production environments, I plan to make the ultimate case for a more sharing approach to the tools we use and the media we pr...

Open for Good: Using Creative Commons for Social Design
"Open for Good" is a research project that aims to spread awareness about the various people and organizations that are using design for good and are sharing their intellectual property through Creative Commons. There are a number of graphic designers, product designers, and architects that are exploring this exciting new territory, such as the Open Design Foundation and the Open Architecture Netw...

Open your organisation - Education Community Lab
Education Community Lab is 3-days workshop for open education activists. It will be focused on enhancing NGOs’ knowledge potential into open society. Thus, the aim of the Lab is to develop guides, methodology and tools that support third sector in implementation the open approach and CC licences in their projects. We start with recently published recommendation for open publication for the biggest...

Openly Available Educational Resources for Providing Technological Training to Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
The project aims to provide equal opportunities for technological literacy training by developing and implementing an open source series of instructional modules designed for those with intellectual disabilities. Our mission is to bridge the digital divide by teaching technological skills that will allow our local citizens with intellectual disabilities to lead more independent and higher quality ...

Middle-Eastern Musicians under CC
The Middle-Eastern Musicians projectʼs aim is to develop the CC community in the Middle-East through a three-day event in which the CC tools and licences can be explained to new artistic communities in the Middle East region, including in Iran. Bar-Ax Promotions, which promotes Iranian musicians and songwriters worldwide, aims to initiate an outreach event in one of the major cities in a Middle-Ea...

P.Noy Digital Photo Contest
The Philippines has just elected a new President and hopes to translate the Obama like election of President Noynoy Aquino in restoring decency and integrity in public service. President Noynoy wants to be called P.Noy, which sounds like the slang version of Filipino, 'Pinoy'.

The Philippine Commons movement would like to take advantage of this patriotic spirit by holding a digital photo contest ...

P.Noy Digital Photo Contest
The Philippines has just elected a new President and hopes to translate the Obama like election of President Noynoy Aquino in restoring decency and integrity in public service. President Noynoy wants to be called P.Noy, which sounds like the slang version of Filipino, 'Pinoy'.

The Philippine Commons movement would like to take advantage of this patriotic spirit by holding a digital photo contest ...

PRAYING FOR YOU
For the age of personal devices assistance(PDA),peoples are building human concerning networks based on the new wireless infrastructures, such as iPhone, iPad, e-book...etc. PRAYING FOR YOU project is a global praying collaborating on creating content for human concerning networks in human hearts. Every one who was, is, will be depressed in heart can send a help message on the web site follows the...

PROJECT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION OPEN TEXT BOOK (PMCOT)
We are creating an open textbook for various types of Project Management certifications (PMI, Prince2, Scrum, ITIL, and others).

The next phase consists of comparison of the various certification requirements and relative importance.

Patamu.com
Patamu.com is an new born site, with the aim to provide free and instantaneous time stamping and self storage of art works (such as music) and of any creative work in general, and it is intended for musicians, photographers, writers, poets, artists, journalists, bloggers, researchers, etc, to help them diffuse their works in CC protecting themselv...

Pickup Game
This is an eleven-week class in which middle and high school students will learn to make video friv games. The software used in the class will be entirely open source and students will be encouraged to use CC-licensed materials, and to share code and resources in making their games. Once the class has completed, the students will keep the computers they used for the cl...

ProductTransparency
ProductTransparency aims to empower people to evalute and compare products easier. This should lead to a more aware and informed public that consumes more critical. The first step is the creation of the infrastructure (i.e. a web tool) for an openly available (CC0 licensed) database that connects the Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN – the number encoded in the barcode of a product) with further inf...

Publishing and licensing Arab Digital Expression Curricula for youngsters aged 12-15 to implement in a residential summer “digital expression" camp
Finalizing and publishing under CC licensing a series of Arab digital expression curricula, which include a toolkit on holding a summer residential camp for youngsters aged 12-15, as well as the development of a specific curriculum to set up local digital expression centers. The curricula are based on experiential educational approaches and include a series of activities designed to bolster self-e...

Publishing open e-books in Uganda
This project will develop the capacity of publishers and authors in Uganda to produce high quality e-books published under CC licenses following a model which was partially experimented under a previous project, “Publishing and Alternative Licensing Models (PALM) Africa.” The project will also result into 20 new fiction ebooks being published by NABOTU from its collection of manuscripts of creativ...

ReTHINK: Label dude shares experiences from using CC licences and other do-it-yourself principles to create an international music platform
This is a book writing project. Urlyd Records, my small Danish label, was the first label in the world to release an album ('Small Arm of Sea' by female artist Tone - printed on lp, cd and dvd) under CC-license while backed by a national collecting society (the Danish KODA) - see http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/7988. Tone and my label has since obtained European licensing and distribution...

RESTLESS: An Arts Anthology
RESTLESS: An Arts Anthology is a local publication for the people, by the people. The people in question here being the talented denizens of Phoenix's East Valley; artists and writers and consumers of the arts who have otherwise been without a singular point of gathering for the things that they hold near and dear. RESTLESS gives these residents a creative outlet in which they can collaborate, sha...

Radio Ati
Radio Ati is an alternative and independent media, which its origins are, based on the necessity of Movimiento Ati (Ati Movement) to count on different channels to spread the information that compiles and generates for more than four years in the Lake Atitlan’s basin by means of a printed magazine and other products. It has like main objectives: 1.– Local dissemination of information of general in...

Romanian Artist Survey 2010
The aim of this project is to measure the impact of Creative Commons licenses in Romania, by running an artist survey, targeting especially musicians, writers and filmmakers, and we will try to find out if they know about Creative Commons, if they use CC licenses or if they are willing to use them and also tell us their motivations. We want to run this survey on a large number of artists (our goal...

Rural Peace Project
The aims project at instilling a sense of peacebuilding among rural inhabitants in selected rural districts in Ghana whilst assisting with teaching and learning activities in Junior High and Senior High Schools in the deprived districts in Ghana. The project will tap the resources of just graduated students (volunteers) in Ghana who are members of Peace Fellowship Network International (PFI) - a y...

SXSW Presentation: Creating our Inaugural Open Access Journal
I am the founding editor of an open access Journal that is expected to launch late Spring 2011 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. This peer-reviewed journal will contain primarily student articles as an avenue for their research and academic interests. SXSW Interactive is a yearly conference where people gather to hear panels and presentations related to social media. I w...

Samandal : Publishing Comics Online in Three Languages Under CC Licenses
Samandal magazine has been the flagship for comics in the Middle East over the past three years and, as such, has amassed a burgeoning network of artists, illustrators, designers and storytellers to marshal the nascent comics domain in the Arab region into an interconnected and expanding community. The proposed project seeks to bridge this localized comic scene, which has so far remained restricte...

Scholarship and the Commons: Best Practices in Creating and Defending Digital Dissertations
This project will establish a set of best practices for creating and defending digital dissertations by examining several case studies, and detailing my own 2005 dissertation, Ways of Composing: Visual Literacy in the Digital Age, a Creative Commons licensed media-rich, digital dissertation which I successfully defended in 2005, before waging a 7 month battle to retain my doctoral award, a battle ...

Search for me.
I am looking to do human search assistance right. Through a frictionless mobile payment system, a rating system similar to Guru.com and Ebay.om, and a transparent "get-to-know-your-search-assistant" CRM (getsatisfaction.com)- "search for me dot com" (working title) will spawn in the University-minded networks like our ubiquitous pal- Facebook.com. Hot-headed and cramming for that exam? Try your co...

Servers for A Torrent of Our Own (TO3); a project of the Organization For Transformative Works (OTW)
The Torrent of Our Own (TO3) is a bittorrent tracker open to registered users to post torrents for fair-use transformative fanworks, including: fan vids, fic trailers, political remix, AMVs, machinima, and other forms of transformative digital remix. The TO3 will be built to integrate with the Archive of Our Own (the OTW's flagship project: a custom-built, fully functional, open source archive for...

Shared Film Festival
In South Korea this year we organised the 1st Shared Film Festival in collaboration with CC Korea, VODO, KODIFI and BitTorrent. The purpose of the festival is to bring free-to-share films using CC licenses to the attention of local audiences in cinemas, promoting both shared culture and the films and filmmakers involved. The event was seen as a success and we would like to extend it as a "satellit...

SnT in a Box V2.0
SnT in a Box is a compilation of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Applications and Open Learning Content that aims to aid the teaching of math and basic sciences as well as encourage a healthy culture of scientific research in the elementary and secondary public schools in the Philippines.

The previous implementation produced an offline-accessible toolkit containing different FOSS applicatio...

Soapnote - shared evidence in clinical practice
There is a race on. Nearly every health organization in the United States is racing to adopt an electronic medical record-each with it's own standards. Unfortunately, each new proprietary system that is developed also locks away valuable tools that medical providers use in their day-to-day practice. An open forum for sharing of these tools, specifically clinical decision support and documentati...

Social Festival Model
The Social Festival Model is a method to stimulate organizational co-creation using a free application, a model based on 'Wikinomics' to achieve collaboration in an open source business model. Through this model, the Incubate Festival (previously ZXZW) has made its whole business model transparent through Internet. Because of this open source mentality, all the subsidy applications, annual reports...

SocialCompare
We would like to build a community that creates, uploads, updates, translates and shares multilingual comparison tables. Items and criteria of existing comparisons could be reused and remixed by users to create new comparisons. The purpose is to organize and display in a meaningful and usefull way all interesting data in any domain. Data created by users are under creative commons licenses.

Something Wrong
Something Wrong is the first comic series in Syria to target young people between 15 and 30 years old. It's published in muptiple chapters, which can be browsed/downloaded from our website. It deals with different aspects of life in Syria (social, professional, educational).

Sonidero Memory: The Epics of Objects // Participative Archive Platform
The construction of an online participatory archive of objects related to the sonidero culture, featuring multimedia entries on technical equipment (ranging from the most basic to the latest, most powerful item; commonly intervened and transformed by the sonideros, when not entirely created out of improbable components), music objects (vinyls, cassettes and CDs that give account of a deep musical ...

Stories of Creating Commonly
We propose to conduct organizational reviews of culture producing institutions that have partnered with or produced Creative Commons (CC) licensed materials to better understand the process that potential and future artists and organizations may follow. Because CC is still very much an emergent paradigm there are many potential users who may not know exactly how to approach business partners, col...

Studio Dorbel
Studio Dorbel is an online collaborative studio aiming at making open short movies.

The project is opened to everyone and entirely online. Participants from all over the world collaborate around computer generated movie projects in a framework that force a good organization, everyone bringing his talent.

Only free software and open standards are used, any resource, including the final result, is...

Study of the Cypriot Legal Framework for Copyright law from the scope of openness requirements in the academic environment of Cyprus leveraging on legal-tech means such as the Creative Commons licensing.
The proposed study examines means for the free availability of literature and works of authorship, audiovisual works etc in the academic environment of Cyprus (public and private Universities and Libraries) through the public Internet by delving into the Cypriot Copyright Law and in consideration of means such as the Creative Commons licensing, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distrib...

Talk Morocco
Talk Morocco seeks to bridge the divide between the various components of the Moroccan blogosphere, as well as the gap in viewpoints between bloggers and foreign media, by providing an outlet for emerging Moroccan voices to publish essays on important subjects. Essayists submit their writing in French, Arabic, or English; their work is then translated into English and soon, into Arabic as well. I...

The 26 Screenplays Project
The 26 Screenplays project is twofold. First, it provides a variety of short film scripts under the creative commons license to filmmakers to use in the creation of their own art. Secondly, it provides a viable Creative Commons business model by demonstrating how a company can generate revenue by encouraging derivative works. By selling and strategically donating a book of open-source screenplays ...

The 96-Hour Remix Jam
The inaugural 96-Hour Remix Jam consists of two 48-Hour components. During the first two days of the project, participants will engage in a Creative Commons Speaker and Panel Series, featuring industry professionals with experience as creators, theorists, transmedia writers/artists and legal experts. Workshops and mini-production pipelines will fill the final two days, as students of Tribeca Flas...

The Within the Law Project
The Within The Law Project is a crowd-sourced educational project that recreates a lost 1917 feature film with its original musical score. The original film, which featured silent film star Alice Joyce seeking revenge on the men who wronged her (but always “within the law”), enjoyed considerable success but every known print of the film, all of its advertising materials, and the film’s original s...

Tube
Arkipelago is a free software-based 3D animation/film/arts studio developing a distributed production pipeline and a flagship commons-based business model.

It aims to create video arts ambitious in their own right, but also new tools and collaborative infrastructure to make more such works accessible to animators, filmmakers, and artists at large, enabling a new kind of independent cultural prod...

Unlocking health information
This project will help unlock lifesaving health and development information, making it more accessible under Creative Commons licenses. Usage and awareness of Creative Commons licenses is low among the health and international development sector, with few organisations using the Creative Commons mark on their content. The argument for open access licensing is compelling - (i) Increasing acces...

WE SHARE - Platform4 Sharing Festival
A festival based on the idea of sharing (culture, knowledge, ideas, information infrastructure). We will focus on this theme through a wide range of activities, and thereby put large emphasis on Creative Commons as well as other open and/or flexible licences. The program will include lectures, workshops and performances from renowned individuals from both Denmark and abroad that have adopted open ...

WOVOX - Discover Workplaces!
WOVOX.com is an open platform that invites everyone to show, find, and be inspired by places where people work.

People spend a lot of time at work, so work’s a big part of life, but it’s hard finding the right place when all you see is corporate websites and job vacancies.

We’re building a tool for people to openly share, discover, and connect with workplaces through pictures, videos, and review...

Worldwide Center of Mathematics Textbook Series
We produce PDF versions of calculus textbooks with embedded teaching videos, providing a deeper, richer learning experience for mathematics students. We are looking to experiment with a multi-tiered business model that utilizes Creative Commons licenses in order to provide students and faculty with an affordable option relative to many of the calculus textbooks that are currently available in the ...

Writing Successful Applications -- Online Funding Course
The project aims to increase the competency of CC affiliates and local organisations when it comes to writing project applications. An online course on project writing will be developed and held for an initial group of 20 participants from CC affiliates. Each participant is expected to write one complete project application during the course. Students will be given access to relevant literature, s...

another free music magazine
„Another free music magazine“ could be a online platform to present and discuss CC music based of the acceptance of the website in the current form. Beside the possibility for CC-weblabels to promote their new releases a group of editorials (cc-music experts from the scene world wide) writes reviews and recommendations. The magazine is complete free of advertisement an respects the privacy of the ...

cc.pe : EXPANDING THE PROJECT TO A NATIONAL LEVEL
We plan to establish a well-trained local CC Peru team in as many Peruvian cities as we can, giving them the information and tools they need in order to build a broader national community. We are aiming to raise awareness and spreading information regarding CC, our ported licences, the open educational resources (OER), the OCW led by universities around the world, the copyleft movement and other ...

doCCommons
The project consists of a program that connects graphic designers and bloggers with charities. Supporting them technically and educating them in the production of content and self-promotion, thus facilitating the acquisition of donations as well as collaborating in the creation of Creative Commons content

This support is given from the creation of a blog – with design donated by volunteer graphic...

etcc: remixing the visual arts
etcc is a remixable art exhibition that seeks to explore ideas of creation and appropriation in the visual arts sector. Elected artists will be asked to identify one or more CC-licensed works under an Attribution licence as a source of inspiration for a new derivative work. These new works will, in turn, be licensed under the same conditions and will be exhibited in a gallery in Brisbane, Au...

iPad Application for CC Internet Radio
This project will develop an iPad application for Creative Commons internet radio.

The application will function as a “Media Centre” for the CC internet radio station, All Tribes Radio (ATR).

This Media Centre will provide access to the ATR website, email, podcast downloads, audio stream when available, FB page, and links to related CC music sites.

Potential revenue sources will be explored (e....

odyspree 2010
The “odyspree 2010 – a creative storytelling boat trip” is a live event. On the 29th of July 2010 our target group will experience an inspiring boat trip on the river Spree in Berlin. They are invited to develop creative stories from scratch and become part of a storytelling-battle on stage, including culture and art program. The event takes place on the “Island of youth” in the district of Trepto...

paukr free study platform
Share your wisdom – learn together. paukr is a free study platform based on the wiki-principle that enables people to work, learn, and play together. Every member of the paukr community can create courses, enhance them, and share the results. The intelligent learning system helps you to accomplish your personal goals. Crowdsourcing and evolutionary content are our competititve advantages – and ou...

playaround10 – DIWO Culture
playaround 2010 Electronic Art and Digital Environment Workshop – DIWO Culture;PlayAround10 is the third edition of an intensely parallel and collaborative workshop of mediating the creative use of FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) and DIY practices to an audience of young students and emerging artists of diverse backgrounds. It combines the knowledge creation and open distribution of new me...

remixablemedia.com - a database tracking re-use media across productions
remixablemedia.com is proposed as an open source web database for publishing, distributing and promoting media metadata from productions that have chosen to use open digital asset libraries.

It will create for the first time a centrally accessible and purpose-built library (or hub) tracking relationships between titles (e.g. influences, media file remixes, data sequence edits, character reference...

sharing creative commons project for Malagasy people
This project aims to start the porting process to Creative Commons in Madagascar, in order to sensitize Malagasy people to the new technology, and to inform them about the importance of balancing copyright and access to knowledge as a public policy. Our Country is a less developed one, and we want to contribute to its development with sharing with all people this new vision. Only 4% in Madagascar ...

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