creative commons

CSQ content is now CC By-SA

As of this post, and all future print issues will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike license. This means you are free to share any information we post as long as you share under the same license and attribute the work properly

Note: This does not refer to past issues, because of some of the artwork they will remain by/nc/sa.

Creative Commons Global Summit 2011

Even if you’ve never heard of Creative Commons you’ve probably seen their logo before, in fact there’s one right now at the bottom of this page as well as on our print edition. This is because CSQ is published under a Creative Commons license. CC licenses enable content producers a simple legalese free way to openly share everything.

This Friday at 9am(CEST) time the Creative Commons Global summit will kick off in Warsaw, Poland.

It will include regional meetings, plenary sessions, legal-focused sessions, community-focused sessions, workshops, regional planning sessions and special discussion sessions on key issues such as key adoption areas, data, public domain and the new version 4.0 licenses. The meeting will also include a “public day”, featuring sessions of most interest to members of the public, including case study showcases, sessions on CC use in areas such as education, government and science, and a CC Salon featuring local and international CC creations.

If you can’t make it to Poland by tomorrow, the event will stream live at and you can follow the twitter stream at #ccsummit2011

Additional Summit Info



Open Call for Open Science Equipment

Outdated Science Equipment (for PCR)

Currently, most of the equipment in “garage” science labs come from auctions, craigslist and what ever people can scavenge.  While occasionally you can find a gem that doesnt break the bank. Most of whats out there is usually outdated, broken or missing manuals. If citizen science is expected to make real discoveries, we need new tools. Specifically tools that are open source and of good design so that they can be built upon and improved by the community. Off the top of my head I can think of only 2 open sourced pieces of equipment that I can go out, buy and be able to use within a week or two, The Pearl Gel Box and the dremelfuge.  There a few more projects in the early stages of production. But overall there is a severe lack of Open Science equipment.  To help get more people thinking and designing we are holding a call for Open Science Design Ideas. And thanks to the support of Ponoko the best idea will receive $50 in credit to make their idea.

To enter an idea be sure to follow the instructions below and email your idea to jacob(at)

  • Describe your idea so a lay person will understand its use.
  • To be picked, idea must be able to be built using Ponoko/sparkfun components
  • Prove that you are capable of completing your idea it i.e. drawings, CADs, Schematics, past work, whatever you think will convince us.
  • Must agree to be licensed under at least a CC BY-NC-SA. If you’d prefer a more open license thats okay too, just let us know.

On Dec 15th we’ll pick the best idea and they’ll recieve the $50 credit to put towards the construction of their idea.  Good luck brainstorming and If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

P.s. Thanks again to Ponoko for supporting this project.