December 2016 newsletter

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December 2016 newsletter
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Creative Commons news

We’re excited to welcome three new additions to our CCANZ Advisory Panel: Paula Eskett, Mark Crookston, and Jonathan Ball. Many thanks again to Carolyn Stuart and James Ting-Edwards for their service.

Ka pai, GeoNet!

It’s been pretty shaky times lately and we’re grateful to GeoNet for their excellent service. Did you know they license their content under Creative Commons and make their data freely available?

New OA publisher at AUT

We’re thrilled to see that the good people at Auckland University of Technology Library have started a new Open Access publishing house called Tuwhera (meaning ‘be open’). They have two titles out already and lots more to come.

Misguided advice at NZ Writers Forum

Mike Wolfe of the Authors Alliance reports he was dismayed to hear at the inaugural NZ Writers Forum one of the Directors of Copyright Licensing NZ advise authors to sign away all their rights to publishers.

NZ Spatial Excellence Awards

Warm congratulations to all the winners of this year’s NZ Spatial Excellence Awards, particularly Statistics NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa and the Ministry for the Environment Manatu Mo Te Taiao. Their winning entry Environment Aotearoa 2015 is built on open data and is licensed under Creative Commons.

CC around the world

The World Intellectual Property Organization has announced a new Open Access policy to make its publications more widely available. The Authors Alliance invites all non-fiction authors to take their fair use survey. Creative Commons HQ has set up an Open Policy Group with handy email digests and regular calls that anyone is welcome to join. There’s also a list of international conferences coming up next year on various ‘Open’ themes.

Happy holidays!

Hope you all have a great summer. Our next newsletter will be in February 2017. Meri Kirihimete from Elizabeth and Keitha 🙂

Icon credit: NZ Railway poster, 1935, via Archives NZ Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga. CC BY-SA.

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