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Event report: Creative Commons Joint Seminar with #EDSG

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Creative Commons Singapore thanks Ngee Ann Polytechnic Library, for hosting the event, and Mr Preetam Rai for helping with the venue arrangement and providing the images for this article.

The following article was written by Michael Tegos who has released it under a CC-BY-SA license. He can be reached at https://michaeltegos.wordpress.com/.

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On 29 May I had the opportunity to attend the joint seminar on Creative Commons at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Library. It was organized by volunteers from Creative Commons Singapore and educators’ community #edsg. The purpose was to get the discussion going about Creative Commons and its use among educators, and spread awareness on the potential of open source licensing for learning and collaborating purposes.

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure how successful the event would be. Creative Commons is an area that most people seem to ignore, maybe because it seems arcane to them. If it’s not the tech jargon that gets them, it’s the legalese. Which is a shame, because Creative Commons is a way to overcome both barriers, enabling a rich creative and sharing culture.

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Turns out I needn’t have worried. I was happy to see the event venue was almost full with people interested in finding out more about CC. More than 50 attendants, mostly from an education background but also some enthusiasts, turned up and sat through the presentations on offer.

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Artist and Creative Commons Singapore volunteer Ivan Chew started off the event by covering the basics on Creative Commons. He talked about what the difference is from copyright and fair dealing, and then went to introduce CC and talk about the different licenses available.

NUS’s Chan Hsiao-yun and physics teacher Wee Loo Kang then explained how one can find CC resources across the web and correctly attribute and license them, in order to incorporate them into their work.

Finally, IP lawyer and Creative Commons Singapore volunteer Lam Chung Nian and academic N. Sivasothi discussed the issues arising from using CC content, and addressed questions from the audience in this regard.

Resources for all the presentations can be found at the event site, appropriately licensed under CC!

I feel this is a very positive step in building people’s interest in CC, especially for educators willing to learn more about it and pass that knowledge to their students. Fostering an open-source sharing creative culture amongst young learners is essential to highlighting the impact CC can have on the proliferation of knowledge and creativity. Further events could delve deeper in the issues and use of CC, and help spread awareness in Singapore’s creative community as well.

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Joint project with #edsg & Creative Commons Singapore: a seminar on using & adopting Creative Commons in education

Volunteers from CC-SG and #edsg are collaborating to organize a free seminar on Creative Commons.


Event: Creative Commons (CC) in Singapore: Awareness, Value, Utility

Format: Seminar and networking

Target audience: 50 educators, paraeducators, and support staff who wish to use and create resources under CC

Cost: None ($0)

Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic Library, Block 1 (Mural Area) [map]

Date: Fri, 29 May 2015

Time: 3.00-5.00pm (one hour seminar, one hour networking)

Topic

Speaker(s)

3.00-3.05pm

Welcome

Facilitator

3.05-3.20pm

WHAT

Basic IP

Introduction to CC

CC-SG: Structure and activities

Ivan Chew (CC-SG public lead)

3.20-3.40pm

HOW

Finding CC resources

Using and attributing CC resources

Providing CC resources

Chan Hsiao-yun (Academic)

Wee Loo Kang (Education officer)

3.40-4.00pm

WHY

Panel to initially discuss a CC issue

Address questions and comments from audience

Lam Chung Nian (CC-SG legal lead)

Sivasothi (Academic)

Ashley Tan (Ed Consultant)

4.00-5.00pm

Networking: Informal and self-organizing discussions among participants

All participants

2012 CC Singapore Meetup #2, aka “CC 10th Birthday Singapore”

It’s the 10th Birthday of the Creative Commons movement.
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The Creative Commons licence suite was first launched on 16 December 2002. As part of the global celebrations, CC-SG will have our meetup session to celebrate the spirit of CC and network with like-minded people.

The Facebook event page is here.

Friday, 14 December 2012
8pm – 10.30pm
HackerspaceSG, 70A Bussorah Street, Singapore, Singapore 199483
(map)

Feel free to email/ tweet/ tell others about this event. While we’ve set the FB event as Invite-Only, that’s more to avoid spamming people. Plus maybe we’d get better traction by having friends to invite friends. Don’t hesitate to come by on 14 Dec. It’ll help us to know how many people to expect so please leave a comment at the FB event page or in this blog post.

BTW, this bunch of guys were at Hackerspace a few weeks ago, preparing a podcast as part of the CC-SG meetup/ 10th Global CC Birthday celebrations. The podcast will be revealed soon :) [UPDATE: Podcast is here]

CC-SG meetup 2012: making the Tech65 podcast special

CC-SG meetup 2012: making the Tech65 podcast special

CC-SG meetup 2012: making the Tech65 podcast special

CC-SG meetup 2012: making the Tech65 podcast special

CC-SG meetup 2012: making the Tech65 podcast special

2012 CC Singapore Meetup #1

The first CC Singapore meetup will be on Friday 10 Feb, 2012.
Venue: HackerSpaceSG (thanks again, folks!)
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Host: Kanako Honma/ Ivan Chew

Facebook Event page, here. BTW, anyone can attend this event (there’s no “membership” or anything like that). Would appreciate if you could indicate your attendance at the FB page or by leaving a comment. So that we don’t need to turn anyone away due to space constraint. Thanks!

This meetup came about as a result of this discussion about the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) at the CC Singapore mailing list.

As of this post, the proposed bills have been withdrawn. Mashable.com has posted a timeline of the events that eventually lead to the withdrawal of the bill.

The meetup was organised just before news of the bill’s withdrawal from the US Senate. Still, it remains a relevant topic to be discussed. Always good to understand the wider implications of such proposed bills. Particularly when such bills, even if passed in another country, affects websites that exist outside of it.

Here’s a 4min video that explains the impact of those bills, if they had been passed.

Also, we have Justin’s permission to re-post his explanation about the implications of SOPA and PIPA:

There are lots of misconceptions about SOPA and PIPA. The reason behind these 2 acts is mainly because content producers like Hollywood are losing “potential revenue” due to piracy, and they have come up with various solutions to try and curb that, SOPA and PIPA being some of the more drastic solutions.

The main gist is that content producers like yourself will be able to tell DNS servers to not allow resolving of domain names that infringe copyright. DNS servers reside locally, and they are the backbone of the Internet to translate friendly names like “google.com” into computer numbered addresses like “8.8.8.8”. Since DNS servers reside locally within the country and the jurisdiction is within the country (as opposed to trying to shut down the actual server with infringing content in another country), it allows content producers the ability to potentially stop people within the country from accessing sites that infringe their content.

In layman’s term as a consumer, what this means is that potentially if any content is deemed infringing copyrights, you as a consumer within the country will not be able to access that content anymore. Let’s say Wikipedia infringes content from some media conglomerate or some book written by some guy, these people can just say “Hey, Wikipedia has infringed my copyrighted works, block them from Singapore.” That’s the “dumb-case” scenario, but potentially could happen. Consumers within Singapore will not be able to access content. Think “Great Firewall of China”.

Another view, you as a content producer sometimes require to “mix” content in and might potentially infringe copyrights unintentionally. Your website could potentially be blocked from Singapore and nobody can access that content.

~ Ivan Chew

Announcing the first Creative Commons Singapore Festival 2011

Date: 11/11/11 Friday.

If you own the copyright, you can exercise choice. Share. Remix. Show.

Part 1 – “SHARE”. September 1st – 30th. 2011

  1. Pick any original work of yours. E.g. a photo, a written work, a play, a performance, video, music.
  2. Adopt a cc license (creativecommons.org/choose). You might want to read the cc FAQ too (wiki.creativecommons.org/FAQ”).
  3. Post your work to any platform of your choice.
  4. Share the link at this FB page.

Part 2 – “REMIX”. October 1st – 31st. 2011

  1. Download your pick (from Part 1 or your preferred CC source) and mix it up.
  2. Take note of the attribution & CC license requirements.
  3. Post your remix to any platform of your choice (CC license preferred, or depending on your source CC terms). Remember to credit the source.
  4. Share the link at this FB page.

Part 3 – “SHOW”. November 11th, 2011 (11/11/11)
It’s CC Festival at The Pigeonhole HackerSpaceSG, 6pm – 10pm. It’s a meetup, really.

  1. Here’s the Google map – g.co/maps/tv7f9. Address is 70A Bussorah Street, Singapore 199483. Walk up to the premises between 6pm – 10pm.
  2. HackerSpaceSG says there’s beer and wine; payment is via a tip jar/ donation bowl. If you bring along finger-foods to share, we might give you a hug (unless you’re adverse to hugging, thereby we’ll find some other way to thank you!)
  3. We’ll screen CC-licensed works from Singapore and worldwide. But mostly we’ll just chillax and get to know people better.
  4. You are welcome to find your own corner, or corner your would-be audience, to talk about your work, barcamp-style.
  5. We welcome all CC SG adopters to treat this like a CC Pasar Malam, promote your wares, and encourage others to use/ reuse.

NOTE: The earlier stated venue was The PigeonHole, so please update your calendars etc. to HackerSpaceSG, 70A Bussorah Street, Singapore 199483.

Questions? Email the CC-SG Community Manager Ivan Chew (ramblinglibrarian@gmail.com)

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“CC-SG DAY logo” contributed by kany1120, CC-BY-NC.

UPDATE: CC Singapore Day, 11 Nov, 2011 presenters (as posted at the Facebook event page):

  • DJ Reiki will share some of her CC-licensed works.
  • Justin Koh (got arm-twisted) to share about his CC musical endeavors on soundcloud. Justin contributed audio and videow for CC SG Fest.
  • Tech65.org, Chinmay Pendharkar, will share about their CC podcasts.
  • A screening of a made-in-SG CC-licensed film. I’ll keep mum on what this is about. If you grew up in 80s Singapore and have an inkling of the music scene, I think you’ll like this one. This 20min documentary brought a tear to my eye at the end. [Post-event: Video unveiled]
  • Sponsored goodies from Lunarin. Their lead singer couldn’t make it but very kindly donated their band merchandise in support of CC Singapore Day.
  • Thanks to HackerSpaceSG for being the venue host.

The inaugural CC Salon Singapore

“CC Salons are open forums for people who are interested in the issues surrounding Creative Commons and global participatory culture. CC Salons are global, informal events focused on building a community of artists, developers, and creators of all kinds around Creative Commons licenses, standards, and technology.”
Source: wiki.creativecommons.org/Salon

DATE: Fri 25 Jun 2010
TIME: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
WHERE: HackerspaceSG, 70A Bussorah Street, Singapore 199483 (hackerspace.sg); gothere.sg map.
Indicate your attendance at the Facebook event page.

Presentation 1: “Sharing my Images with a CC license” by Preetam Rai (10 minutes)
Synopsis: Preetam talks about why he shares his photos under CC license and how people are reusing these images.
Preetam is a technologist and an  distinguished educator. He is always on the move, putting up open technology and culture events across Asia. (twitter: @preetamrai , web: preetamrai.com )

Presentation 2: “Marginalia: Giving books their social life” by Kevin Lim (10mins)
Synopsis: Kevin (theory.isthereason.com) will give a short presentation that discusses the tradition of “Marginalia”, that is notes and scribbles left behind in the margins of a used book. He will show how the printed text taps on this tradition to become “socially alive” online, through the use of open-source tools such as CommentPress and Digress.it. Augmented books tend to be licensed under CC, as they encourage user participation and co-creation.
Dr. Kevin Lim graduated with his PhD in Communication at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Dabbling for both pragmatic and play, he seeks an ideal interplay between online and offline life, through social networking, blogging and lifecasting.

Presentation 3: “Adobe After Effects demo: Creating animated words” by Stefano Virgilli (10mins)
Synopsis: Stefano will show how he animates words using Adobe After Effects. He will show how the videos can convey emotion from the animated words. After the demo, the completed project will be made available in HD format, under a CC license, at www.vox.sg/cc/video/pkw/index.html
Stefano has an Italian degree in communication design and moved to Singapore three and a half years ago. Since 2003 he has been teaching mostly 2D graphic design and photography post production. He now also specialises in video editing, 2D and 2.5D animation. He is a certified trainer and more about his training credentials can be found at lab.edu.sg

Presentation 4: “Creative Commons & The Opposing Innovation” by Inch Chua (10mins)
Synopsis: For a century, major record label companies have been monopolising the music industry. However the innovation of the Internet has spawned its greatest “leaderless” enemy, infamously known as Music Piracy. With such opposing innovation against the conventional Music Business System, it has become evident that musicians/ artists need to seek new ways to adapt to its changing environment. So why would Creative Commons licensing be the answer?
You might know Inch Chua by the popular upbeat alternative rock act Allura. Or you might have heard about her as being the first Singapore solo artist selected to perform at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival. Her CC-licensed music can be downloaded from inchchua.bandcamp.com

Acknowledgments:

  • HackerspaceSG – hackerspace.sg
  • Ruiwen, for venue arrangements at HackerspaceSG.

What happens at the CC Salon Singapore sessions?
You turn up, network, share and mingle. That’s it :) There will about 30mins to 45mins worth of CC-related sharing/ presentations. The rest of the time is really for you to get to know your fellow Creative Commoners better. For enquiries, please email the Creative Commons SG community manager, Ivan Chew (ramblinglibrarian@gmail.com)

Reference: CreativeCommonsSingapore wiki page.