Government use of Creative Commons
Currently this is a scratchpad for referencing known government uses of CC licensing (and government recommendations of CC licensing). Please add to the list and turn compelling uses into Case Studies.
- Official website of the Armenian President. CC BY-ND 3.0 Unported.
- government data - three of the largest sources of Australian government data sets - Australian Bureau of Statistics, Geoscience Australia and the still beta data.australia.gov.au - are all licensed by default under CC BY 2.5 Australia. Together these sites provide free access to all of Australia's census data, official geoscientific information and knowledge, and other miscellaneous government data (such as the location of public toilets). The ABS and Geoscience Australia have detailed copyright and attribution guidelines, to assist with user implementation. data.australia.gov.au played a major role in the Mashup Australia competition run by Australia's Government 2.0 Taskforce.
- Water Information - the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has launched the official website of its Improving Water Information Program with a default CC BY 2.5 Australia licence. This aggregates hundreds of other government departments' and agencies' information into the National Water Account. They have a range of explanatory materials about the licence and are building licensing tools and metadata into their Australian Water Resources Information System.
- ABC Pool - this initiative of Australia's largest public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), is releasing material from the ABC archives for reuse under CC licences. It's first major release has been as part of the Gene Pool project, celebrating Charles Darwin's Centenary.
- National Library of Australia - various policy materials
- Powerhouse Museum - releases a large range of material under CC, including its photo of the day, downloadable pdfs from its Play program and the museum's general collection information and data.
- Queensland Museum - releases photographs from its collection on Wiki Commons under CC BY-SA .
- NSW Department of Education and Training - Dynamic Calculus': Teaching Resource
- Aged Care Queensland's eMentoring Handbook
- National Copyright Unit - Creative Commons for Educators fact sheets produced for the Smartcopying website in conjunction with Creative Commons Australia.
- Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy - Buddie E-security Education Package
- Mosman Municipal Council's Community Engagement Strategy is released under a Creative Commons licence and includes as a key priority “to promote the use and dissemination of Council’s materials while retaining Council’s rights of authorship”.
Australian government reports recommending CC usage
- Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 - draft report of the Australian Government 2.0 Taskforce
- Government Information and Licensing Framework - a Queensland Government strategy on open access and use of information
- Venturous Australia: the National Innovation Review - report recommends government use of CC licences, and is released under CC
- Victorian Government's Economic Development Committee recommends CC licensing for public sector information.
- Bulgarian President. CC BY ND 2.5 Bulgaria.
- Chief Prosecutor of the Republic of Bulgaria. CC BY 2.5 Bulgaria
- Bulgarian Foreign Ministry. CC BY ND 2.5 Bulgaria.
- The Library of the National Congress, whose site is licensed under CC BY NC SA 2.0 Chile.
- The Guidelines for Governmental Websites and its Observatory, run by the Ministry of Economy, are licensed under CC BY NC SA 2.0 Chile.
- Official website of the Colombian Biodiversity Information System depending from the Ministry of Environment.
- http://www.president.go.kr/ The Office of the President web site, CC BY 2.0 KR
- http://blog.naver.com/mb_nomics The Official Blog of the President, CC BY NC ND 2.0 Kr
- President Felipe Calderon Website, BY NC ND 2.5 Mexico. http://www.presidencia.gob.mx
- National Sports Comission http://www.conade.gob.mx
- Federal Government guide for website building recommends the use CC licenses
- Draft for NZ Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL) framework released for public discussion on August 27, 2009. The framework will enable greater access to many public sector works by encouraging State Services agencies to license material for reuse on liberal terms, and recommends Creative Commons as an important tool in this process.
- The Ministry for the Environment’s Land Cover Database and the Land Environments New Zealand classification has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution licence on the Koordinates website - http://www.creativecommons.org.nz/news_and_events/news/koordinates_showcases_govt_cc_datasets
- All materials (fotos, texts, videos, audios, etc.) of Kremlin.ru (Official Website of President of the Russian Federation), Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC-BY 3.0 Unported)
- http://www.whitehouse.gov/copyright White House web site, President Barack Obama, CC BY 3.0 US
- http://change.gov/about/copyright_policy President-Elect Transition Team, Barack Obama and Joseph Biden. CC BY 3.0 Unported.
- http://recoverysf.org/intranet/RecoverySF/ RecoverySF Content by http://recoverysf.org. CC BY 3.0 US.
- New York State Senate, Senate Content, CC-BY-NC-ND with CC+ allowing non-political fundraising use of content.
- State of Virginia, legislation that indicates a preference for state-funded materials to be released with a CC (or equivalent open) license.
- Works by the US federal government are automatically part of the public domain in the US as stipulated by http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#105