Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage

Oct 2017 | 240pp

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9781783301850
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Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage

Edited by Gill Hamilton and Fred Saunderson

This practical and explanatory guide for library and cultural heritage professionals introduces and explains the use of open licences for content, data and metadata in libraries and other cultural heritage organisations. Using rich background information, international case studies and model policies and practices, this book outlines how and why open licences should and can be used with the sector’s content, data and metadata.

Open Licensing digs into the concept of ‘open’ in relation to intellectual property, providing examples from different fields, including ‘open access’ in scientific and academic publishing, ‘open source’ in the software industry, ‘open data’ in the business and public sectors, and ‘open licensing’ in the content sectors. It explores the organisational benefits of open licensing and the open movement, including the importance of content discoverability, arguments for wider collections impact and access, the practical benefits of simplicity and scalability, and more ethical and principled arguments related to protection of public content and the public domain.

Content covered includes:

  • an accessible introduction to relevant concepts, themes, and names, including ‘Creative Commons’, ‘attribution’, model licences, and licence versions
  • distinctions between content that has been openly licensed and content that is in the public domain (i.e. content in which copyright has expired or has been explicitly waived altogether) and outlines why professionals in the sector should be aware of these differences
  • an exploration of the organisational benefits of open licensing and the open movement
  • a large range of practical case studies, such as the Rijksmuseum, and less well-known examples, such as York Museums Trust
  • the importance of content discoverability, arguments for wider collections impact and access, the practical benefits of simplicity and scalability, and more ethical and principled arguments related to protection of public content and the public domain
  • the financial arguments surrounding the use of open licensing.

Readership: Senior library staff and policy makers across the GLAM sector, who need a clear understanding of the open licensing environment, opportunities, risks and how to implement. Library and information professionals, LIS professionals working specifically in the digital field (including digital curation, digitisation, digital production, resource discovery developers), students of LIS Science, digital curation, digital humanities, archives and records management and museum studies.

Contributors

1. Introduction

2. About the open movement

3. About licensing

4. The case for open in the cultural sector

5. Case studies

6. How to implement open licensing at your organisation

7. Using and re-using openly licensed resources

8.  Conclusion

Gill Hamilton is Digital Access Manager at National Library of Scotland where she leads on access to the Library's extensive digitised, licensed, born digital and legal deposit digital collections. Gill has been engaged in open access activities at the Library since 2008 leading on initiatives such as openly sharing the Library collections to Flickr, YouTube and WikiCommons, distributing Library open metadata to third parties to improve access to the collections, working with colleagues to develop open licensing policies and recruiting and overseeing Scotland’s first Wikimedian-in-Residence.  Gill occasionally dabbles with linked open data and is a sometime Wikipedia editor.  She is also a Trustee of the Wikimedia UK Board and a Member of Council for Europeana.

Fred Saunderson is the National Library of Scotland’s Intellectual Property Specialist. Fred has responsibility for providing copyright and intellectual property advice and guidance, as well as coordinating licensing and re-use procedures. Fred chairs the Library’s re-use and licensing group, helped to introduce of the Library’s licensing policies, overseas the Library’s compliance with the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations (‘PSI’) and coordinates the Library’s commitments to publishing open data. Fred represents the Library in external intellectual property fora, including on the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance and the Museums Intellectual Property Network. Fred has previously published on copyright in library collections and on the growth of the open data movement.  Before joining the Library Fred worked as a researcher for the Open Data Institute. He holds an MA in Digital Asset Management from King’s College London.

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