Creative Commons Publisher (ccPublisher) is a free software application running on Windows and Mac OS X (Linux version coming) that allows anyone to upload media content to the Internet Archive, along with meta data including a Creative Commons license selected by the publisher. The software tool (ccPublisher) is free, the Internet web hosting is free, and so is the CC license. You can’t beat this deal.

This tool is perfect for publishing podcasts, as well as other types of media content.

To get started using ccPublisher, register for a free library card / Internet Archive account, which permits you to publish content hosted by the Archive. Read more about ccPublisher and the Internet Archive on their respective websites.

Thanks to David Warlick for bringing the Internet Archive to my attention via his podcast several months ago. I plan to start publishing my own podcasts to the archive. (In fact I have already uploaded my podcast from today on “Open Source in Educational IT Environments” to the Archive– you can link to its page and see that as of now, it is waiting for a curator to approve the content.) From a bandwidth standpoint, this is a potential boon, if (at some point in the future) my podcasts become fairly popular and the downloading of those files from my own server account could result in maxing out my allotted bandwidth quota. This hasn’t happened yet, but it never hurts to prepare optimistically for the future! Also, this provides an excellent hosting option for other educational podcasts I am currently helping produce.

One disadvantage to using ccPublisher and The Internet Archive is that someone (a “curator”) has to approve your audio file for web posting before it becomes available online. Minor delay, reportedly less than 24 hours. Small inconvenience for the tremendous advantages this combination offers.

These resources represent MAJOR strides in helping remove barriers to Internet publishing, including podcasting. Don’t have access to your own server space? Not sure how to use FTP software to upload audio files? Problems solved. Check out ccPublisher.

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