The week of March 4th is Open Education Week, an annual celebration of the global Open Education Movement. This year we invite the UBC community to join us and our colleagues from other higher ed institutions from the Lower Mainland at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Richmond campus for a one day “Open in Action” event on March 6th from 8:30-3:15.

More information about the schedule and registration are available on BCcampus’s website.

We hope to see you there.

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A new version of the cIRcle Non-Exclusive Distribution License (‘the License’) will go into effect on Friday March 7, 2014. This License applies to materials added to cIRcle on or after March 7, 2014.

As before, copyright holders retain their copyright under Version 2.0 of the License. The text of the new License is available here: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/46029.

The License will be applicable to theses and dissertations as well as to all non-thesis work in cIRcle. (Up until March 7, 2014, there is a separate license for theses and dissertations).

For the first time, the License will provide re-use rights. The Re-use rights spell out the conditions under which people who find your work in cIRcle are allowed to re-use that work.

This Creative Commons license is known as the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs, or CC BY-NC-ND license. The text of the license is available here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/. More details will be announced shortly so stay tuned.

Did You Know?

In cIRcle, authors can select and attach a Creative Commons License to their work thus stipulating how others can share, remix, or reuse their work. Learn more about Creative Commons License Conditions. See an example of a Creative Commons License in cIRcle. (Click on ‘Creative Commons’ hyperlink under the section which reads, “The following license files are associated with this item.”)

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ebookCame across this…

“The Little Cree Books below are the first in what we hope will become a large collection of online books designed for early Cree readers. Please check out the About the Project section of this website to learn more…” –Little Cree Books

maskosis okîsikâm (Little Bear’s Day)

askiw meskocipayowina (The Seasons)

Note: Creative Commons copyright licensing applies to all of the books, unless otherwise noted.

The freedom of the Internet and the digital age has challenged the role of copyright. What should copyright look like when information can be moved so freely? Should we continue to protect intellectual property and authorship the way we always have?
Tina Piper, co-Director of Creative Commons Canada will explain how Creative Commons offers an alternative to traditional copyright. Creative Commons is a non-profit group that develops licenses which allow authors/rights-holder to alter the conditions of use on their copyrighted works. Creative Commons defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright — all rights reserved — and the public domain — no rights reserved. Learn how Creative Commons licenses help authors and creators keep their copyright while inviting certain uses of your work — a “some rights reserved” copyright.

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