Date submitted:February 16, 2012 Time span of this roadmap: 3 years
Region/Jurisdiction:: North America, Canada
The purpose of the document is to set out a roadmap to establish and develop a multi-stakeholder Creative Commons Canada affiliate organization. It also serves to underpin and inform the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Creative Commons (see the MOU Template). It was developed collaboratively based on input from CIPPIC, BCcampus and Athabasca University, pursuant to discussions held prior to and during a meeting in Ottawa on February 1, 2012.
This draft reflects the plans and intentions of the three aforementioned stakeholder organizations as of February 24, 2012. The document may be updated from time to time and the specific plans are subject to change as the affiliate organization crystallizes.
This document follows the template of the Creative Commons Roadmap. The following documents also help provide a framework for the goals and organizational plans set out:
To attempt to reach all stakeholder communities (including artist communities, open data communities, and OER communities), Creative Commons Canada will institute a diverse advisory board of approximately 10 members. The members of this board will be expected to advise the affiliate team on the interests and concerns both of groups in their particular regions of Canada, and of any special-interest groups or communities with which they are involved.
On top of at least one advisory board meeting per year (which may be conducted by teleconference), advisory board members will participate in email and mailing list discussions. Upon request, they should also be available to provide recommendations and expertise related to their stakeholder communities.
The advisory board will include members focused on community building, legal, technology, and languages. The initial composition of members will be discussed, and candidates approached, within the first year after the affiliate team forms.
Previously, several Creative Commons Canada affiliates operated without an MOU (before this infrastructure was in place). CIPPIC was involved with the drafting of the following 2.5 licenses:
Governments at all levels are increasingly adopting open data portals, but with a plethora of ad hoc and incompatible licenses. Canada's open education sector is strong and burgeoning. Many thriving artist communities exist throughout Canada. It is important for all of these groups to have access to Creative Commons in order for them to apply fair and principled copyright licenses to their works, especially as internet distribution has become an important part of business models and of culture in Canada.
Of prime importance for success in our jurisdiction is the ability to recognize and take account of the diverse voices across Canada. Spanning nearly ten thousand kilometers across, we have two legal systems, two official languages, and many different cultural groups. We aim to achieve success through a multi-stakeholder affiliate model which encourages the participation of many sectors and communities.
A Creative Commons Canada affiliate will:
We will aim to strengthen use and adoption of Creative Commons in Canada to further build upon the widespread support that Creative Commons already realizes in Canada:
Describe the communities that are currently active in the project. How will you continue to engage with these communities?
Though there are many communities with an interest in Creative Commons, few communities are active in the project at present -- this is the reason a "reboot" of Creative Commons Canada is imperative. We need to create an official affiliate partnership and then re-engage the communities (see below).
Describe the communities (existing or new) that you plan to focus on during the timeframe covered by this roadmap? How do you plan to engage with these communities?
The Creative Commons Canada affiliate will work with seven primary communities to promote active use of Creative Commons licenses in Canada:
The Creative Commons Affiliate will proactively engage with all these communities seeking to broaden the base of participation. Engagement strategies include:
The Creative Commons Canada affiliate has a strong starting base in the education sector. This sector will be an area of initial focus. However, affiliate team members will be sought across all sectors in order to establish broad representation and deliver resources, activities, and events relevant to all.
What are the three most important focus areas on which the Affiliate Team will work during this time period? Please consider community building and adoption goals among your priorities.
While a great deal of Creative Commons related work can be done through volunteers, a core base level of funding will be required to establish a physical presence and at least partial support for some people and activities. Localizing legal tools, promoting public awareness, translation, building out a web presence, all require funding and effort. Our first focus must be on finding and securing core base level of funding. Ideally this funding would come from a group with representation from across Canada or a national mandate.
We will need to estimate the dollars required (for 3 years) to host/operate a Creative Commons Canada Affiliate. Depending on in-kind and magnitude of our plans/activities for the affiliate, we’ll likely need somewhere between $50-100K/year. We will also need to formulate a funding plan and actively pursue funding opportunities
Existing sources: CIPPIC was successful in securing two small grants that can provide some resources to help get CC Canada off the ground (but further funding is still absolutely necessary):
Other possible sources being considered include (not exhaustive):
We propose to hold a first salon, with a proposed focus on open data, in Ottawa in late March or April 2012. This will particularly provide an opportunity to promote Creative Commons licensing to government representatives. It will also provide a general opportunity to liaise with a broader audience of people interested in Creative Commons in Canada and raise awareness of Creative Commons across all community groups.
The salon will likely consist of 2-3 keynote speakers followed by a round-table on open data in government.
We propose to showcase and promote the current use and potential of Creative Commons in Canada as part the international OER conference, and also as part of a larger celebration around Creative Commons 10th anniversary in 2012 (see ).
This event could include could include case studies, showcase examples, representative Canadian organizations and individuals speaking about how and why they use Creative Commons.
Follow-up discussions: After reaching out to potential license implementors at the salons, we will follow-up with those showing interest and provide support and advice through subsequent meetings, phone calls and emails. In particular, after the Ottawa salon, we will provide individual encouragement for governments to adopt, and make their materials compatible with, Creative Commons licenses. Subsequent to the Vancouver salon, we will follow-up with encouragement and support for potential CC-adopters in the O.E.R. space.
Other possibilities: Other possibilities for community building and promotion includes salons, webinars, presentations, and events. Another event could possibly coincide with UNESCO’s 2012 World Open Educational Resources (OER) Conference being held in Paris on 20-22-June-2012, where the will be a focus on Fostering Government Support for OER.
One or more of these events could be done/coordinated in conjunction with other CC Affiliates.
A website will allow Creative Commons Canada to promote events and activities, showcase uses of Creative Commons in Canada, connect with communities, and provide the public with information on Creative Commons.
In addition, the website can provide an initial point of contact where local license implementors, potential implementors and others with an interest in CC can find and contact the affiliate team. We can respond to inquiries and questions with respect to adopting and using Creative Commons licenses in Canada.
Kent Mewhort has experience in web development and will develop the initial website, in consultation with other members of the affiliate team. BCcampus can lend support in designing and developing the look & feel.
We will monitor and participate in the Version 4.0 wiki and mailing discussions working towards the next suite of the Creative Commons license suite. We will provide general comments and help ensure that proposals and drafts are adequately compatible with Canadian law and interests.
Once launched, we will also discuss, promote and encourage adoption of Version 4.0.
Detail tangible project outputs (e.g., events, papers, blog posts, video/films, etc.) for each focus area including an expected date of completion. See also Timeline. How will this output help achieve your goals?'
The outputs we plan to complete are as follows:
Please consider using trackable statistics (such as web traffic or number of license adoptions) when applicable, but only if meaningful.
What human resources or expertise must the team seek out or add to your existing resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals? How will you involve these people?
The team will commence work on Creative Commons Canada with the team members described in the "Affiliate Team Information" section. Next, we will establish a broad advisory board representing different sectors and regions of Canada. Through this advisory board and other outreach efforts, we also work on developing an even broader base of volunteers and supporters.
BCcampus, CIPPIC and Athabasca University will put in the initial person resources to achieve the two described salons and build an initial website (Kent Mewhort has funding from Geoconnections to, in part, help organize these salons and build such a website). As previously noted, further funding will be pursued for long-term sustainability of the affiliate..
In addition, we will engage student volunteers. For example, CIPPIC has several for-credit interns during the university school year, full-time interns during the summer, as well as dozens of first-year law student volunteers. Those interested in Creative Commons will be able to help out with various tasks and activities.
What technology resources must the team seek out or add to your existing resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals? How will you obtain these technology resources?
Kent Mewhort and the BCcampus team will collaborate on the web presence for Creative Commons Canada (Kent has web development experience -- more focused on back-end programming -- and BCcampus can help with the look & feel).
What material resources must the team seek out or add to your existing resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals? How will you obtain these material resources?
The key resource necessary is funding for work on the project -- see Project Outputs, supra.
What other resources must the team seek out or add to all the other resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals? How will you obtain these other resources?
In addition to funded resources, volunteers are necessary over the long-term to involve and connect with the many different stakeholder communities across Canada.
How will you ensure your goals will be completed if unforeseen circumstances interrupt the project, such as changes in the leadership of the project or outputs taking longer to complete than anticipated?
The multi-stakeholder model that we propose will mitigate the risk of any one organization or person having to cease work on the project.
How will you communicate the project's on-going progress and setbacks within the jurisdiction and the CC Affiliate Network? (e.g. email list updates, meetings, press releases)
We will communicate through the website, RSS feeds, social media & discussion lists.
How will you document the project so that others may replicate or learn from your efforts?
Presently, our Google Site provides a platform to collaborate on initial planning. In the future, a Creative Commons Canada website will announce the project's achievements.
Please have a look at other roadmaps. How could the jurisdiction's plans help drive or support other jurisdictions' activities? What are other jurisdictions doing that might support or contribute to the project? Would you be interested in mentoring new jurisdiction teams? Conversely, would you be interested in having a mentor from a more experienced jurisdiction team?
There is a lot of potential for the CC Canada Affiliate to work with and adopt practices and resources developed by other affiliates. The way the UK affiliateshowcases social media with a Twitter stream on their web site or the way the New Zealand affiliate has developed a community of practice are all great ideas and examples we can emulate here in Canada. The Attributing CC Materials guide, which the Australian affiliate has produced, is a great example of a resource that can be easily localized to be a valuable resource for Canadians too. The larger CC Canada event, which could promote the Creative Commons 10th Anniversary, is an example of something we'd ideally do in coordination with other affiliates.
Suggest three possible projects on which you can collaborate with other teams on a regional level. If you are not yet involved with the regional network, please contact the regional spokesperson (if any)or notify CC HQ to put you in touch with others. How do you plan to contribute to these projects?
There is no regional network for North America. Once Creative Commons Canada is off-the-ground and operating, we should commence a discussion with CC HQ about changing this situation.
In what language(s) will you promote CC in the jurisdiction and why? In which of these languages are licenses already available? CC0? Into which of the remaining languages do you intend to translate the licenses? CC0? How will you involve the local language(s) community?
Given the bilingual nature of Canada, the CC Canada Affiliate should seek to be bilingual. This is an area of expertise for which we need to pursue further resources, given that the abilities of BCcampus, CIPPIC and Athabasca University to write and communicate in French are limited. CIPPIC's bilingual administrative assistant should be able to translate event announcements and other short pieces; however, CIPPIC does not have the resources for him/her to translate more substantive materials. Kent Mewhort can review french licenses and legal materials (but not write them).