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Richard White

By Hannah Mettner Richard White is an interesting example of an artist using CC to make his own creative output available, while working in a job that clearly demonstrates the pitfalls and possibilities of copyright and open access day in and day out. Richard has made two of his albums available for download on Bandcamp, […]

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NZ On Screen and Audio Culture

By Hannah Mettner In 2009, we published a quick case study of NZ On Screen, which was then only two years old. With the launch of its sister site, Audio Culture, in 2013, we thought we’d take the opportunity to revisit both projects. Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ intern Hannah Mettner sat down with NZ On […]

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LINZ Data Service

By Josh Wright In June 2011, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) launched the LINZ Data Service (LDS), a web-based tool which allows users to map and download LINZ data. LDS licences most of its data under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence. We sat down and had a chat with Manager Jeremy Palmer […]

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Statistics NZ

On his blog Econometrics Beat, Canadian economist David E Giles describes the open presentation of Statistics New Zealand’s (SNZ) data online: “This isn’t just a collection of boring spreadsheets. It’s a valuable and serious piece of data research.” He’s right—SNZ have been pioneers in maximising transparency through the open licensing of many of their datasets, […]

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Open Data Case Studies

By Josh Wright Since the New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework was approved by Cabinet in 2010, NZ government agencies have released nearly 2000 datasets to data.govt.nz under a Creative Commons licence. There are a bunch of reasons for this to happen. First, open data is more efficient, as it makes it easier […]

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Ministry for the Environment

By Holly Grover In July 2009, the Ministry for the Environment started to release its datasets under a Creative Commons Attribution licence, becoming one of the first New Zealand government agencies to do so. The process started in 2007, when  MfE found themselves with a range of expiring license agreements for the distribution of some […]

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More Open Data

Last week saw the release of the 2013 Report on Agency Adoption of the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government, which directs all Public Service departments (and others) to release their high value public data under a Creative Commons licence. The report noted that agency uptake of NZGOAL is steadily increasing, with sixty-nine percent of […]

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Vicky Holloway

Vicky Holloway is a web designer, animator and illustrator based in Wellington, New Zealand. Some of Vicky’s work is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives licence. Vicky first became aware of Creative Commons in 2005, though it wasn’t until she joined a collaborative art project in 2009 that she seriously […]

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Wikihouse NZ

WikiHouse is an ambitious global open hardware project that aims to “allow anyone to design, download and ‘print’ CNC-milled houses and components, which can be assembled with minimal formal skill or training.” New Zealand’s WikiHouse Lab was formed by Martin Luff and Danny Squires, who discovered the idea after the second Canterbury earthquake in February 2011. […]

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Creative Commons and the Vertical Cinema Manifesto

In June 2012, Youtube user ‘gloveandboots’ released ‘The Vertical Video Syndrome – A PSA,’ a video poking fun at film-makers who hold their camera-phone vertically. Common across Youtube, videos shot vertically have two black bands of empty space framing the video, as you can see the screenshot, below. The Vertical Video Syndrome quickly went viral, […]

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