Unitec lecture – what I also meant to say

There’s always something that you forget to mention when you’re doing a lecture or presentation. I’ve just got back from running a guest lecture slot with students on the stakeholder communication and image management course run through the Unitec Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management, and realise I didn’t talk about creative commons (amongst other things).

A couple of pictures and diagrams I used were released under creative commons licenses via flickr, including rind by Tony from Chicago. These pictures were released under slightly different conditions, but required the user of images not to profit and ensure the creator is attributed. There are a range of similar permutations governing under other creative commons licences.

I would actually have been pressed for time, but I did want to mention that creative commons “provides a range of copyright licences, freely available for public use, which allow those creating intellectual property – including authors, artists, educators and scientists – to mark their work with the freedoms they want it to carry.” The New Zealand Aotearoa Creative Commons licenses are being launched at a seminar in Saturday 27 October. (Entry to the seminar is free.)

There is a huge repository of creative commons material available for use by organisations (provided the rules are followed). There are almost 50 million photos offered by members under various creative commons licences on flickr alone. The official creative commons search engine helps people find photos, music, text, books, educational material, and more that is free to share or build upon.

The other thing that came up I hadn’t included in my presentation were wikis. I likened them to a jointly written story. Imagine sitting around a dinner table passing a sheet of paper for each person to add a paragraph. The first person grabs the paper back off the fifth and scribbles out the third person’s second sentence, and rewrites it. So on, and so forth. For a more elegant description see “How wikis work”.

I’m not aware of many wikis used by New Zealand community organisations. The only wiki I am actively involved in is run by the the State Services Commission for members of the online participation community of practice. Now that the guide to online participation is written, the initial key purpose for the wiki, I’m not sure how active the community of practice will be.

Lindsay pointed out because wikis are edited/ re-edited this online pubishing tool has its downsides: something you once agreed with or thought was reliable on a wiki can be changed. It requires a lot of vigilance.

The other stuff I covered in the course is outlined in my new training section, see Unitec Stakeholder communications and image management course, including a copy of my presentation “Keeping up: new, new, new things online”.