Oct 2017 | 240pp
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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:
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.
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