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Communia Workshop: Accessing, Using, Reusing Public Sector Content and Data (London, 26-27/03/09)

Right then.

A long time ago, about 10 minutes down the road, I worked for a large public service media organisation. One magical day some smart people at the organisation asked me to think about the theory and practice of establishing a public facing repository of their audio and video archive. We went away and thought about it and quickly realised that it was everything that a public service media organisation ought to be in the digital age. Our boss agreed, and the Creative Archive was born. An archive to fuel a nation’s creativity. An archive we can download and re-use in our own creative works. I can still do the sound bites :) Anyway, it didn’t happen.  That is another story.

After that I spent a year hanging out with some of the world’s smartest, most exciting people. They were loosely aligned under the Creative Commons banner but really what drew them together was the sheer potential of Open Culture.

All of which is by way of explaining why I am so excited about Communia – back to my passion for figuring out how to encourage publicly funded archives to open up, with a bunch of fantastic folks I haven’t seen in years.

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