Monday, 13 August 2007

JISC Collections Licensing Workshop: Copyright in the digital age - 7th September 2007, Birmingham

Announcement from JISC collections about a licensing workshop focusing on copyright in the digital age.

"Early Bird registration discount still available for members until 15th August

Copyright is a complex issue that confuses many and infuriates others. What you can do and cannot do in relation to the educational use of copyrighted digital resources is not clear and is complicated by myth, rumour and the Internet. It is now as easy to infringe upon the copyright of digital materials as it is for the infringement to be detected.

Following on from the popular workshop that was hosted in London earlier this year, JISC Collections is repeating this event, which will take place at the Millennium Point Thinktank events suite in central Birmingham on Friday, 7th September 2007. The workshop will focus on digital copying and issues relating to sharing between collaborative institutions. This will be of interest to librarians and all practitioners and teaching staff who use online content in their teaching.

Attendees will be introduced to the online interactive tool which demonstrates how online resources from JISC Collections can enable practitioners and institutions to resolve the common misconceptions and issues relating to the use of copyrighted digital and online resources in research, teaching and learning."

You can find more details and register online here

Monday, 6 August 2007

New survey on open content licences

The Eduserv Foundation is funding a study into the use of Creative Archive, Creative Commons and similar open content licences by cultural heritage organisations in the United Kingdom. The study is being led by legal consultant Jordan Hatcher of As part of the study a survey has been released. Click here to take the survey.

The survey is open to UK-based cultural heritage organisations such as museums, libraries, galleries, archives, film and video organisations, broadcasters, and other organisations that conduct cultural heritage activities.

The goal of the study is to provide information on the actual use of Creative Archive, Creative Commons, and similar licences. This information will be useful to decision makers and interested professionals in the cultural heritage sector, and for local and national government and the HE and FE sector. The study will be conducted from now through to the middle of September and a report will be made available in October.

If you are a member of a cultural heritage organisation, whether or not you currently use Creative Commons or Creative Archive licences, your participation in the survey would be really helpful to make this study a success.

As a bonus for completing the survey, respondents will get the chance to enter a drawer to win one of three iPod Shuffles that come pre-loaded with music! See the survey for full details.

It would also be very helpful if you would publicise the survey by blogging about it or forwarding this post to people who you think might be interested.

You can learn more about the project and read the original research proposal at the project’s homepage.

If you would prefer to take part via post or telephone, or are interested in finding out more about the study, please contact Ed Barker and Jordan Hatcher at
phone +44 (0) 125 474328