License Brief Section A2 Group 2

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Group Members: Scott Greer, Emily Littrell, Poorna Rajeevan, Graham Mellen

Attribution-Share Alike License is the best license for Buzzpedia. The main purpose of Buzzpedia is to serve as an informative encyclopedia specifically for Georgia Tech that people can use. The creative commons license used should allow Buzzpedia to continue to serve that purpose and not hinder it in any way. It must allow users to use, edit, and adapt a work while still forcing them to give credit to the source of the work. Fortunately, Attribution-Share Alike License allows users to do all these things, giving them an immense amount of freedom. [1]

The license states that individuals can copy, distribute, transmit, and create derivate works from the information found. In addition, the user must attribute the information to the original source of the work. If a derivative of the work is created, then that person must also share the work under the same license as the main source of the work. This allows for individuals to build on to what others have done and to use the information in their own way while only having to give credit to the original author of the work. This license gives just enough freedom to allow a smooth flow of information with the need to give attribution to protect people's work. [1]

There are many examples of current organizations using the Attribution-Share Alike license such as Citizendium, Mushroom Observer, Wikia, Wikitravel, Association for Progressive Communication, and Wikipedia.[2] Citizendium is an English-based encyclopedia that mirrors Wikipedia. It was started by Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia, with the goal of creating a more reliable version of Wikipedia. Buzzpedia is extremely similar to Citizendium in the sense that it is a Tech-based Wikipedia and focuses more on being a reliable source by using the Georgia Tech archives. Consequently, if Larry Sanger believes that the Attribution-Share Alike License is perfect to properly enforce attribution of information and allow ease of information flow then it will also be perfect for Buzzpedia; since Buzzpedia is merely a Citizendium on a smaller scale, Georgia Tech based.[3] The Mushroom Observer is a mycology website started in 2006, [4] while the Wikia is a free web hosting service that allows the user to share and retrieve information on different topics, such as entertainment and gaming systems. [5]Wikitravel is a feature that enables users to create a free, reliable version of a worldwide travel guide. [6]The Association for Progressive Communication is an international network based solely on the empowerment of civil organizations,[7] and Wikipedia is known as the free “encyclopedia” that is open for everyone. Both examples relate back to Buzzpedia, as both networks are easy to edit by their supported users.[8]

Buzzpedia is similar to both Citizendium and Wikipedia (both of which use the ShareAlike License), in that both Citizendium and Wikipedia consist of collaboratively made articles, with many users editing the same articles to improve the articles’ standing. Citizendium most accurately relates to Buzzpedia. Citizendium was originally adapted in order to improve what was seen with Wikipedia by providing a reliable encyclopedia. Buzzpedia was created for the purpose of providing accurate information about Georgia Tech’s history, traditions, athletics, and such to the members of the campus and the general pubic. To ensure that this information is reliable, most of the research for this project came from the Georgia Tech Archives. Wikipedia is also very similar to the Buzzpedia project. Wikipedia contains millions of articles available to the general public, and edited by anyone who has a username on the database. Similarly, Buzzpedia has articles created by a single student and edited by his or her classmates. This transcribes the work from the original students work to a group project. With each edit made, the work becomes less of the original student’s and becomes more of the class’s work, yet the article is still credited to the original author. The same process applies to the editors of Citizendium and Wikipedia. These editors alter articles originally created by someone else in order to make the articles more comprehensible, yet, the altered articles are still credited to the original author and distributed under the same license.[3][8] Also, the other licenses presented (Creative Commons Attribution License, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives License, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike License, and Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives License) do not have such features as the Attribution-Share Alike license. For example, in the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives License, users do not have the freedom to “remix”. Remixing is the ability to adapt to another person’s work, which is a feature that the Attribution-Share Alike license has. The Attribution-Share Alike license also has commercial benefits as apposed to the non-commercial licenses presented.[1] [9][10] [1][11] [12] [13]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic. (24 October 2010) In Creative Commons. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5
  2. Creative Commons licenses. (24 October 2010) In Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons_licenses
  3. 3.0 3.1 Citizendium (24 October 2010) In Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizendium
  4. Mushroom Observer. (24 October 2010) In Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushroom_Observer
  5. Wikia. (24 October 2010) In Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikia
  6. Wikitravel. (24 October 2010) In Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikitravel
  7. Association for Progressive Communications. (24 October 2010) In Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_for_Progressive_Communications
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wikipedia. (24 October 2010) In Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia
  9. Attribution 3.0 Unported. (24 October 2010) In Creative Commons. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  10. Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported. (24 October 2010) In Creative Commons. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0//
  11. Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. (24 October 2010) In Creative Commons. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/
  12. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported. (24 October 2010) In Creative Commons. Retrieved 24 October 2010 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  13. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs. (24 October 2010) In Creative Commons. Retrieved 24 October 2010 from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
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