FOSsil Bank Update (16 July 2012)

Posted on 16 July 2012


Hi folks,

I’ve been away travelling for several weeks, but you know the drill—except that from this week I’m adding the Twitter tag #FundFreeCulture.

As always, let me know of any libre resources that are out there—or add them to the FOSsil Bank yourselves!


When I find a libre licensed work up on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo or another crowdfunding tool, I’ll tweet about it with the tag #FundFreeCulture. Feel free to do the same!

So far, I’ve tweeted about three such projects but they’ve all finished now.

Libre Resources

  • The Creative Commons & Government Guide is a guide to licensing government resources using Creative Commons, by the team behind Creative Commons Australia. (CC BY)
  • The Open Hardware Journal is a collection of articles about libre hardware. Two issues have been released so far. (Individual articles are CC BY licensed; the journal as a collection is CC BY-NC-SA licensed)
  • Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence is a newly-released guide to encouraging more people to read and use academic works. (CC BY)
  • The Toxies, as discussed above, are a satirical awards ceremony for toxic chemicals. (CC BY-SA)
  • The Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne is an unofficial computer game based on an episode of the show Community. (MIT License and CC BY-NC [assets])
  • Why Open Education Matters are videos produced for the competition of the same name. (CC BY; sometimes other licences)
  • Dane Carney is a photographer, mainly of local bands. (CC0)
  • Wrack & Wruin is a re-writing of the original tabletop RPG in the style of a different RPG. (OGL)
  • FreeLab is a community for open hardware communities, in English and Polish. (CC BY-SA)
  • Sintel the Game is a computer game based on the Blender Foundation’s video Sintel. (GNU GPL and CC BY)
  • Darkest Dungeons is a tabletop RPG mashup of the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia and Rolemaster. (OGL and public domain)

Dungeons & Dragons 4E Clones and Supplements

The announcement of the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons has spurred a number of people to clone the rules of the current, fourth edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game. (All OGL)

  • Magic Sword is a project to clone and improve upon D&D 4E.
  • 4SRD is a project to precisely clone D&D 4E.
  • D&D4.5 is a partial clone of D&D 4E.
  • Open4E is a clone of D&D 4E intended to support more ambitious cloning projects.
  • Ultramodern4 is a supplement that applies the rules of D&D 4E to the modern world, recently released under the OGL.

Open Knowledge Foundation

  • I don’t really understand what Linked Open Vocabularies are, but they’re something to do with metadata. (CC BY)
  • BibServer is a ‘tool for quickly and easily sharing collections of bibliographic metadata’. (CC BY)

Proprietary Shareable Resources