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  • From: Jessica Coates <j2.coates AT>
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  • Subject: [ccAustralia] CfP reminder: "Yes, We're Open!": A Special Issue of Platform Journal (POSTGRAD)
  • Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 15:33:22 +1000

A final reminder for abstracts for ccAustralia/the CC Clinic’s special edition of Melbourne University’s postgraduate journal Platform:  “Yes We’re Open”. Abstracts are due next Monday, 17 May; full papers by 5 July.


A full description of the issue is below, but in summary it will focus on the consequences of “open” becoming mainstream. As such we invite proposals on anything to do with open: motivations for adopting open strategies, open business models, open access and government transparency, open educational resources, open formats and open standards.


PLATFORM is a new open-access online graduate journal published by the Media and Communications Program of the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne.



Jessica Coates

Project Manager

Creative Commons Clinic

Queensland University of Technology


ph: 07 3138 8301

fax: 07 3138 9395

email: j2.coates AT



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A project of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation's Legal and Regulatory Impasses and Innovations research program in conjunction with the QUT Faculty of Law's Intellectual Property: Knowledge, Culture and Economy research program.



With Mozilla Firefox pushing towards a 25% share of the web browser market and the number of Creative Commons licensed works reaching more than 250 million in 2009, perhaps it is time to ask, ‘Is “open” the new black?’ Hollywood, President Obama, Yoko Ono and even Coca-Cola are all experimenting with new approaches to copyright management and commercialisation designed to help, not hinder, digital sharing. The concept of "open" has embedded itself across sectors, industries and communities like an internet meme, which begs the question, ’Why open?’

The new commons are flourishing on digital networks, bringing together fields of academic thought, from computer science to economics, from sociology to law. As these models proliferate, communities, platforms and philosophies are emerging, but so are a number of issues. How successful are collaborative projects at including a diverse range of people and adapting and evolving to the changing media landscape? Are commercial models a mutually beneficial use of user-generated content and user-led innovation, or do they exploit their participants’ efforts for profit? Will this space hold true to Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks or is this just a digital rehash of the old problem of Garrett Hardin’s “The Tragedy of the Commons”?

And above all, should we be open 24/7? When should we flip the sign around?

In this special issue of PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication, guest edited by Jessica Coates and Elliott
Bledsoe from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and Creative Commons Australia, we encourage submissions by postgraduate students working in media studies or related fields which critically examine the legal, social and technical parameters of open source, open content and open access. Possible topics might include:

·  Can copyright build communities?

·  Motivations for adopting open strategies; motivations for being involved in open projects

·  Open business models; what models are out there? What’s working? What’s not? And what can we learn from them?

·  Governmental and political trends towards transparency and how open access can improve the democratic process

·  Open Education; Open Educational Resources and their impact on academies, classrooms and learning

·  Open design; conceptualising, manufacturing and distributing products from open schematics

·  Open formats and open standards

·  Measuring the commons; metrics, analytics and tracking the impact of open initiatives


17 May 2010: Abstracts/Proposals (500-800 words)
5 July 2010: Full Papers (6,000-8,000 words, including 200 word abstracts and six keywords)

Submissions to: info AT Please include 'Platform Special Issue Submission' in the subject line.

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