CCANZ September newsletter

Introducing our new Communications Lead

This month Elizabeth Heritage has joined Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand as our new Comms Lead. Elizabeth joins us from the publishing industry and will be working two days a week. Welcome!

We’ve Moved!

The new affiliate host of Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand is the Open Education Resource Foundation. Many thanks to our previous affiliate host, the Royal Society of New Zealand, for all their support over the past four years. We’ve also moved into our new offices with the team at Enspiral.

Announcing NZCommons

In June, we launched, a community site on copyright and the commons. Every week, we’ll be publishing a few pieces from teachers, librarians, students, lawyers and more. If you’re keen to write for us, we’d love to have you! Check out our contribute page for more information.


We’re excited to offer free introductory workshops on copyright and Creative Commons licensing. We’re a small organisation, so we can’t promise to visit your organisation on the exact date you need us to, but we’ll certainly do our best. If we can’t make it in person, we’re happy to attend virtually, or find a local volunteer from the Creative Commons community. Use this online form to express your interest in hosting a workshop.

WW1 photographs made available for free reuse

The Alexander Turnbull Library has released hundreds of photographs of New Zealanders at the front for free download and reuse. You can find them on the excellent WW100 siteand read more here.

Te Papa releases tens of thousands of images online

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa has updated its Collections Online service, releasing nearly forty thousand images as freely downloadable in high-res. Check out NZCommons in the weeks ahead for a detailed case study.

National Library develops new use and reuse policy

The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa has a new policy around use and reuse of collection items that aims to increase digital access. Read more here.

Open Access Week 20-26 October 2014

Open Access Week 2014 is nearly upon us! Events will be happening around the country. If you’re making something happen at your place, let us know. Stay tuned for further updates.

National Digital Forum Conference 25-26 November 2014

The 2014 National Digital Forum conference will take place at Te Papa on 25 and 26 November, and there are many CC related talks, panels and workshops. A draft programme is out now.

Indigenous Knowledge Notice

Working with CC Panel Member Karaitiana Taiuru, CC Legal Team member Professor Susy Frankel and Aroha Mead from Victoria University of Wellington, we’re working on developing an indigenous knowledge notice that will help Māori creators, iwi and hapūrelease their works more openly. Learn more here.

Creative Commons Around the World

Creative Commons has published its annual report, The Future Is Open, with loads of inspiring stories from around the world. And here are some international stories that have caught our eye: Yale University and the Library of Congress have released around 175,000 images of Depression-era USA. The Danish Government has announced its open access strategy, aiming for 80% open access by 2017 and 100% by 2022. Wikimedia Commons has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, with more than 22 million images available that anyone can use freely. Happy birthday, Wikimedia! The Internet Archive has shared over 14 million high-res images on Flickr Commons. Open Stax open textbooks have been downloaded more than 650,000 times, adopted for use in nearly 900 courses, saving students US $13 million.

We’re Looking for Volunteers

We’re looking for folks to volunteer to give a workshop or write for If you’re keen, email Matt at, or fill out this form. Once you’ve had a look around, join the email list and introduce yourself. You can join this list here. Otherwise, flick us an email at

Other News

  • N4L’s Pond network now includes more than 1,300 teachers from around New Zealand.
  • DigitalNZ have updated their Public Domain guide, so you can see what fell out of copyright in 2014.
  • The New Zealand Government has released detailed advice for those considering using Creative Commons licences for datasets. You can read the advice here.
  • Taipa School at the top of the North Island is the latest kiwi school to pass a Creative Commons policy. Congratulations Taipa!
  • Lots of interesting new articles on NZCommons around copyright, ebooks, family history, hack days and cookery.

Onwards and upwards,
Matt & Elizabeth

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