The Creative Commons group in Republic of India within the Asia Pacific region is made up of three organisations who will deliver roadmap activities. They are Wikimedia India (with a focus on outreach), Acharya Narendra Dev College (with a focus on OER), and The Centre for Internet & Society (Legal Focus).
The Centre for Internet & Society
The Centre for Internet and Society is a non-profit research organization that works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge and IPR reform, and openness (including open government data, free/open source software, open standards, open access to scholarly literature, open educational resources, and open video), and engages in academic research on digital natives and digital humanities. [From CIS, CC BY]
Acharya Narendra Dev College
Acharya Narendra Dev College is a constituent college of University of Delhi situated in Govindpuri (Kalkaji), Delhi. Established in 1991, the college has a unique distinction of being the only college in the University of Delhi that is primarily for science. Acharya operates under the aegis of, and is fully funded by, the government of Delhi. It is named after the great educationist and reformist of modern India, Acharya Narendra Dev. [From Wikipedia, CC BY-SA]
The Wikimedia India Chapter (Registered Name: Wikimedia Chapter) is an independent and not-for-profit organization that supports, promotes and educate the general Indian public about the availability and use of free and open educational content, which includes the ability to access, develop and contribute to encyclopaedias, dictionaries, books, images, etc. The objective of the Chapter is to educate Indian public about availability and use of free and open educational content and build capacity to access and contribute to such resources in various Indian languages. [From Wikimedia India, CC BY]
Workplan for 18 months
There is currently a major push on access to knowledge and public education within India. People have realised that if they are to succeed individually and as a nation, education for all is a must. There are several challenges involved in this process. Access to and cost effectiveness are two major factors involved. Creative Commons has the potential to address both these problems within a reasonable timespan. The government itself has been talking about free licensing educational content for some time now, hence we are optimistic about our chances.
We see our main task as raising awareness and getting people to use Creative Commons licences. We would like to build a community in India (via a website, local activities and a mailing list) and begin relationships with the government and private sector that would benefit the movement in the long term.
There are sympathetic well educated and influential individual supporters of the movement in India from diverse backgrounds. We hope to rope them in to help with the task of building a Creative Commons community.
Raising awareness of licenses and OER
Without awareness of free licensing options, there is no way people can make use of them. The education community along with the public at large will benefit.
Connecting with photography communities
There is a serious lack of availability of free-licensed images related to India. We hope to help build a repository of images related to India so the public can benefit.
We hope to inorganically grow free license repositories by encouraging someone to release a large digital collection under a free license.
Participate in the Affiliate Network
Contribute to or comment on community issues, policy, licenses and legal questions that arise in the CC Affiliate Network.
CC India Website and mailing list
People responsible: Srikanth Ramakrishnan & Moksh Juneja (website), Pradeep Mohandas & Shirish Agarwal (discussion list)
We will revive and maintain the Creative Commons India community mailing list and set up a local Creative Commons website or wiki presence.
General audience workshops
People responsible: Pranav Curumsey & Savithri Singh
We aim to hold workshops in at least two semi-urban areas during this period in different parts of the country to educate people about Creative Commons. Feedback from workshop participants will help us measure success.
People responsible: Karthik Nadar and Wikimedia India
We intend to hold a photography contest to encourage photographers to donate their works under a Creative Commons License. This will be tied in with the Wiki Loves Monuments project. We hope to see at least 5000 photographs donated to Wikimedia Commons as part of the contest.
People Responsible: Wikimedia India and Access to Knowledge Team in CIS
We hope to convince at least one organisation/individual (such as the Maharashtra State Archive) to publish their content under a CC license on platforms such a Wikimedia.
Achieving this is part of the roadmap for the A2K team within the Centre for Internet and Society.
Hard copy Creative Commons literature and funds for travel and accommodation while conducting workshops.
Sustainability and Scalability
Wikimedia India plans to involve its Executive Manager with regards to day to day running of Creative Commons India. He will be responsible to ensure that the roadmap decided at the beginning of the 18 month period is adhered to, irrespective of any changes there may be in the board. We will also set up a mailing list dedicated to Creative Commons India.
Since Acharya Narendra Dev College will be represented by a team, change in leadership should not materially affect the course of the roadmap.
The Centre for Internet and Society has access to knowledge and openness as core parts of its mandate, and will be contributing to Creative Commons India institutionally.
Wikimedia India is made up of representatives from various Indic language communities (such as Hindi and Malayalam). We hope to use internal resources to involve local language communities.
Thank you to IIT Bombay
Creative Commons would like to extend a huge thank you to IIT Bombay for creating the jurisdiction-specific licenses and for leading the CC India Affiliate Team for many years. Creative Commons especially thanks projects leads Lawrence Liang, Legal Project Lead, and Shishir K. Jha, Public Project Lead.
Many thanks to all who contributed to the localization of the license suite.