I just read at Creative Commons Australia that the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has gone all CC
. In part to introduce this sort of practice to Museum 3.0, I am happy to applaud the Powerhouse's move. Museum documentation is a deep recess that is often used as the last bastion of museum authority, rather than a situated, though accruate, description. To open-up our catalogues to use, and perhaps expansion, is an important first step to open up this last bastion of a single identity for objects.
The Powerhouse Museum has also put a large number of its images into the public domain under Flickr Commons which is a very bold move indeed. However, the post went further to say that "In an Australian (and possibly world) first, they’ve released all of their collection documentation under CC."
Now, as anyone who knows me knows, I fully support such a move, but it most certainly is not a world first. The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, at the University of Cambridge, has been offering all of its collections documentation
on-line since 1996, and have been offering it explicitly under Attribution, Non-commercial CC license since 2007. Not to complain, mind you, as I applaud the move by the Powerhouse. Just to set the record straight.