Creative Commons Technology Summit 2008-12-12

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  • Date: Friday, December 12, 2008
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Location: MIT Stata Center, Room 155
    32 Vassar Street
    Cambridge, MA

Creative Commons is a non profit organization that builds tools that help realize the full potential of the commons in the age of digital networks. Launched at the end of 2002, Creative Commons licenses have set the standard for sharing cultural works (i.e., "content", "media", etc.), following in the footsteps of free and open source software. Over the past five years we have also actively developed and contributed to technologies that complement its public licenses, with the aim of using software to enhance the discoverability and practical [re]usability of content—to help users manage content, as opposed to software designed to help content manage users (i.e., DRM). In 2006 Creative Commons launched Science Commons, a project applying similar principles to science and research. ccLearn was launched in 2007 to help minimize barriers to sharing and reuse of educational materials.

Creative Commons holds its second technology summit on December 12, 2008, in Cambridge, MA. The summit will focus on the application of Semantic Web technologies to Creative Commons', Science Commons' and ccLearn's missions. Topics covered will include ccREL/RDFa, the Neurocommons project and an update on the Universal Education Search (metadata-enhanced search) project.


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome
Hal Ableson (MIT, Creative Commons Board of Directors)
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Building the CC Network
Nathan R. Yergler (Creative Commons)
10:15 - 11:00 AM Copyright Registries 2.0: Standardization and Interoperability
Safe Creative, Registered Commons, Mike Linksvayer (Creative Commons)
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Detecting Creative Commons Attribution License Violations on Flickr Images on the World Wide Web
Oshani Seneviratne, CSAIL, MIT
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Preview of FairShare and Findings on NC License Distribution
Rich Pearson (Attributor)
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch (provided)
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Government Information Licensing Framework: A multidisciplinary project improving access to Public Sector Information
David Torpie (Office of Economic and Statistical Research, Queensland Treasury)
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Open Source Knowledge Management: What Comes After Access?
Jonathan Rees (Science Commons)
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Life After REC: What's next for RDFa
Ben Adida (Creative Commons)
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Closing: What's Next in 2009
Nathan R. Yergler (Creative Commons)

Audio and Video

Audio and video from the event is available from the Internet Archive:

  • Video (streaming, DivX, OGG, MPEG4)
  • Audio (WAV, FLAC, MP3, OGG)

More CC Technology videos are available at CC Labs.

Call for Presentations

Creative Commons is seeking proposals for presentations or panels to be presented at the Technology Summit. Topics of interest include:

  • RDFa and ccREL implementations
  • Creative Commons related applications (unique or interesting integration of licensing, as well as reports on consuming or repurposing CC metadata)
  • provenance of information in Semantic Web applications
  • digital copyright registries ("copyright 2.0")

Presentation slots are 45 minutes long; if additional time is required, email Nathan Yergler ( to discuss options. Send proposals in the form of abstracts to by Friday, October 24, 2008.

Travel funding is unavailable.


October 24, 2008 Proposals due
October 31, 2008 Accepted speakers notified
November 1, 2008 Registration opens
December 12, 2008 CC Technology Summit, Cambridge, MA


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