Open academia in practice

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A series of workshops on how to practice open academia.

Copyright options
and how to
find, use and contribute
free media resources

This workshop examines copyright licensing options; and teaches about how to find, use and contribute free and open media resources, including images, slides, and audio/video.

Presenters: Leigh Blackall and James Neill
Where: 7D4 (computer lab), University of Canberra
When: 1-3pm Monday 29 March 2010
Participants: Participant list
Original caption: Farm, farm workers, Mt. Williamson in background, Manzanar Relocation Center, California, USA. Photo by Ansel Adams, 1943, who put the image in the public domain.

Workshop outline

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A Chevrolet 490 automobile with wheel spokes broken, 1923. In the background is the Thomas Jefferson Building, known as the Library of Congress Building at the time, USA.
  1. Visit and do the 5 second survey
  2. Create a Wikiversity account
  3. Introduce your self
  4. Review the main points of the openism and freedom in academia seminar
  5. Tour the Educational Media Awareness Campaign
  6. Look at copyright and free and restricted licenses
  7. How to find free content
  8. Find free content on your topic and add links to Wikiversity
  9. Sign the participant list for this workshop
  10. Showcase - let's see what you found
  11. Feedback - leave comments on the blog
Video recordings

Introduce yourself

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Video recording of James introducing Wikiversity (

Wikiversity is an online community linked with other projects in the Wikimedia Foundation, such as Wikipedia. As you will be using Wikiversity for notes and finding resources, we'll start by creating accounts introduce ourselves to the community.

  1. Click your Wikiversity user name (it will be in red) and add some info about yourself
  2. Add sections on your user page for the topics you would like to find free media for
  3. Include a sentence or two on the types of content you are looking for in each of these topics
Once you create a user account, then there will be links at the top of each page to your user page and user talk page.
Joseph Kittinger's record-breaking skydive from 31,300 metres (102,800 feet). He fell for 4:36 minutes reaching a maximum speed of 988 km/h (614 mph) before opening his parachute at 4,270 m (14,000 feet). Read more.

Openism and freedom in academia

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Video recording of James introducing the workshop and open academia (

Like barn raising, knowledge-building is a team effort - you help build mine, I help build yours; what goes around, comes around.

Academia should be conducted in such a way as to benefit society. This means (among other things) that the processes and products of publically-funded academics' activities should, by default, be freely accessible and re-usable. It also means that academia should use and promote tools (such as software) and materials (such as textbooks) which enable others to utilise and foster public knowledge. However, open academia is a cultural challenge because closedness is the norm.

Open academia is proposed to involve five pillars: open access, open licensing, open formats, free software and open management.

For more, see Going naked - Openism and freedom in academia

Educational Media Awareness Campaign

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Video of James showing the Wikimedia Commons (

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Video recording of James explaining copyright (

Public Domain Public Domain (pd or cc0) The public domain comprises copyright-free works: anyone can use them in any way and for any purpose. Attribution to the author or source of a work, is still required to avoid plagiarism.
Attribution Attribution (by) Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these.
Share-alike ShareAlike (sa) Licensees may distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs the original work. (See also w:copyleft.)
Non-commercial Noncommercial or NonCommercial (nc) Licensees may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only for noncommercial purposes.
Non-derivative No Derivative Works or NoDerivs (nd) Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works based on it.
All rights reserved All rights reserved No use permitted without written permission from the copyright holder (except fair dealing/fair use)
Train wreck at Montparnasse Station, at Place de Rennes side, Paris, France, 1895.

Go to Creative Commons to see the actual licenses.

Find and use free content

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Video of James introducing the Creative Commons Search engine (

Click this screenshot to go to Creative Commons search.
  1. Paste the links to good resources in your Wikiversity user page and annotation including an attribution to the author
  2. Double check the copyright on those resources and delete links to any that are too restrictive.
  3. Contributing content - Find a page on Wikiversity that will benefit from the links you have found, e.g. Psychology, Sport etc. Paste the links you have found into a relevant page.
  4. How to make appropriate attributions? e.g., include information such as:
Image source:
Image author: jurvetson,
Image license: CC-by-A 2.0,


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Once you've created your account, edit this section to sign your name below by leaving four squiggles - like this ~~~~ - it will leave your electronic signature and a timestamp like this:

  1. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 08:02, 19 March 2010 (UTC)
  2. --Leighblackall 23:49, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
  3. Madepercy 03:44, 29 March 2010 (UTC) Thanks James and Leigh, nice work, and you solved a few issues for me in the first few minutes!
  4. --TGreen 03:45, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  5. --A George 03:53, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  6. --PatTandy 03:58, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  7. --Mattbacondesign 04:02, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  8. --Vicki Deakin 04:05, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  9. --Fannyl 04:06, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  10. --DMG, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
Mavericks surfing competition, 2010. The image was taken from a boat. According to Shalom: "The boat was very rocky. Many people got sea sick though. One guy (photog) never even got any pictures he was so sick."


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Photochrom print of an elderly Irish woman at a spinning wheel, ca 1890-1900.

We'll copy great finds here..?

Cardboard chair with signature by famous authors, which were collected during the Guardian's HayFestival 2009.

See also

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