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Creative Commons 2020 Projects

  • Subham Sahu
    Add filtering by node to the Linked Commons
    The CC catalog data visualization or linked commons is a web application which finds and explores relationships between creative commons licensed...
  • K S Srinidhi Krishna
    Add provider API scripts
    Adding new Api's to the workflow, to improve the breadth of cc-search. Implementing the provider scripts and add test suite for each api . Also...
  • Charini Nanayakkara
    Add Provider API Scripts to CC Catalog
    Provide support for retrieving image information from selected providers through their public APIs to increase the material available via CC Search...
  • AyanChoudhary
    Improve CC Search Accessibility
    The CC Search website is a tool that is available to everyone on the internet, but its accessibility is quite low. The reasons for its low...
  • Mayank Nader
    Improvements to CC Search Browser Extension
    Since the release of CC Search Browser extension, it has garnered a good number of users. But, the extension still does not have sufficient features...