Here are some suggestions of projects your chapter can pick up at any time to educate, to help the movement, or to strengthen your chapter.
I was serious when I said that we need to do more parties. All of our local groups should throw a party of some kind this semester, there's no point to activism if we don't have any fun. Free Culture Swarthmore is planning a LAN party... get creative!
Campus radio stations
Guest host a Free Culture radio show of CC-licensed music
Free Culture Campuses
Make your school free!
- Free software on campus computers
- Both official college computers e.g. in library or computer lab and on personal computers of students & faculty
- Firefox can be huge
- Create list of OSS replacements for programs students & educators commonly use
- Targeted at Windows/Mac users -- if you use *nix, BSD, etc., you're probably already well-versed in free software
- Office suite
- Web browser
- Firefox (Win, Mac)
- Thunderbird (Win, Mac)
- Text editor
- Graphics editor
- GIMP (Win, Mac)
- A/V playback (MP3, video files, etc.)
- CD ripping/burning
- CDex (Win) ripping
- School documents in open (non-proprietary) file formats
- Registrar forms, class readings/handouts, course catalogs, lecture videos, etc.
- .pdf and .doc are two of the biggest offenders... what else?
- No Flash or other proprietary formats on college Web sites
- No anti-p2p, port blocking, etc. software on campus network
- Responsible patent practices
- Divestment from companies that abuse IP law
- If you maliciously sue over phony/weak allegations of copyright/patent/trademark infringement, you won't be doing business at this school!
- CC licensing for college publications, research, media, etc.; open source licenses for college-created software
- Digitizing public domain library collections
Digitize public domain literature
- Collaborate with your campus library: What are our most valuable collections? What collections make us unique? Digitize them (if not already online) and post to Project Gutenberg.
- Work with other campus organizations. Work with the Hispanic Student Association to digitize a travelogue of Mexico, the Black Student Union to scan a slave's autobiography, etc. Be creative! Find students at your college who would like to donate their time to work on something that interests them.
- Does your school house unique collections of public domain photographs, artwork, sheet music...? Find a Web site that specializes in that and digitize for them.
- If you can't/don't want to digitize, volunteer as a proofreader at Distributed Proofreaders. (Join the group "Free Culture".)
- This can be an excellent way to make a good name for FC and improve the reputations of our schools.
Be the Media
- shortwave (HAM) radio
- Amanda's blog entry 6 Jan 2005
- low-power FM radio
- An FM Broadcast Transmitter For Your Home Slashdot, 7 Jan 2005
- publishing content under CC licenses
- The Creative Commons Publisher makes it stupidly easy to host your own Creative Commons content on The Internet Archive.
- Torrentocracy is testing out an easy-to-use content delivery system for individuals called Prodigem that allows people to publish their stuff via BitTorrent.
- free CC image galleries
- blogging / citizen journalism
- RSS feeds
- South Korean news source that's entirely citizen-written: Oh My News
- guest host a radio show
- public access TV