eduCommons Namespace Problems…

As most of my readers know, we have been using the name eduCommons for our open source OpenCourseWare software for many years now. (See http://cosl.usu.edu/projects/educommons/ for more information). Actually, our first National Science Foundation proposal using this name went in in 2001, I believe. However, today I saw that Creative Commons Canada has launched a small initiative by the same name. I tried to leave a comment on their blog, but was required to login to comment and could not find the register/login link, so here I am forced to use trackback to get my message to them. So here’s the message:

While I fully support your goals (as you will see if you look at the website referenced above), I would ask that you please choose a name other than eduCOMMONS as this can only create confusion.

It was bad enough when Sun called and said “we’re thinking about naming our new project Education Commons. It’s really close to your name, and is closely related to what you’re doing, so we thought we’d call and ask if you would mind?” I said yes, I would mind, and of course they did it anyway…