Kristina Alexanderson (Photo: Peter Alexanderson, CC (by))

Teaching attribution in schools: An interview with Kristina Alexanderson

At Commons Machinery, we care a great deal about attribution. Not only because we are trying to incorporate it into software, but also because we care about the internet and people who put an effort into making the internet a more inspiring place. One person who also cares about the internet and how creatives are […]

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CopyRDF addon updates: oEmbed, site rules

With the recent Flickr photo page redesign, the RDFa metadata provided on photo pages was changed too, requiring additional tweaks in our CopyRDF addon to make it work with the new design. While solving the issues with Flickr we came with an entirely different approach to looking for metadata on certain websites – the oEmbed […]

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Photo credit: Shruti Rao

Welcome to Noopur Raval and Claire Litton-Cohn

Commons Machinery is pleased to welcome our new Community Management team, Noopur Raval and Claire Litton-Cohn. Claire says: “I’ve worked as new media manager for an indigenous activism network, developed outreach strategies for a small engineering and lasercutting firm that is working on developing prosthetics using soft robotics technology, and organized a North American tour […]

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Commons Context Initiative

The goal of Commons Machinery is to produce free software and cultural infrastructure for the benefit of everyone. However, we want to make sure the software and frameworks we create are shaped, from the beginning, by the community that use them. We also want to avoid undue influences on that infrastructure that don’t have the […]

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We’re sponsoring Libre Graphic Meeting 2014

The Libre Graphics Meeting is the annual gathering dedicated to free and open source graphics projects. It’s been running since 2006 and now spans a whopping four full days of talks, workshops, performances and lectures with participants from (in 2012) 26 different countries, from Australia to Mexico, from Norway to Brazil. This year’s meeting takes […]

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Thanks for a great FOSDEM

This year Commons Machinery visited FOSDEM. Together with thousands of Free Software supporters, we shared a weekend of discussions and exchange. Peter gave a lecture and showed what can already be done with the tools we currently have available in our Labs section.  (The video of his presentation is not online yet but can hopefully be downloaded […]

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Photo by “internet”: the major lack of proper attribution online

One of the things we often mention when we explain Commons Machinery to new people is the photo by “internet”-construct. We use it, because we think it illustrates clearly how attribution is broken on the internet. Let’s have a look at an example of what photo by “internet” is. This blog post (in Swedish) sums […]

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The difference of DRM

When people think of managing metadata to include information about files, they often immediately think of Digital Rights Management, or DRM. DRM claims to do what we are actually trying to achieve: we want to help you manage licenses according to a set of digital rights and freedoms. What DRM actually does is restrict access […]

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