by Ruth Suehle
Today Creative Commons launched the Case Studies Project, a large community effort to explore and document the use of Creative Commons around the world. At the same time, Creative Commons Australia is holding a conference on “Building an Australasian Commons.” There the project is being announced with the publication of a publicly available booklet featuring some of the best global case studies.
Despite having just launched, the site is already full of studies. A few you’ve heard of. Most you probably haven’t. Here are a few I thought were interesting:
- Architecture for Humanity. “Design like you give a damn.” Co-founder Cameron Sinclair won a 2006 TED prize for the project. How do they use CC? “We use the Developing Nations licence for the designs of our buildings. Once the first prototype building is completed, we can essentially give away the designs to other communities in other developing nations.”
- Blender. If you’ve done any 3D animation, you know about this successful open source project. The entire production files of two movies–Elephants Dream and Big Buck Bunny–are released under the Creative Commons Attribution License.
- The University of Southern Queensland OpenCourseWare. This project applies the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia license to ten courses. From October 2007 to March 2008, there were over 26,000 visitors to the site. The most popular class? C++.
The Case Studies Project is set up wiki-style, so it’s just waiting for your contributions.