We curate news about the technological, legal and business aspects of open content, open data and Open Access for galleries, libraries, museums and archives (GLAMs). Topics include crowdsourcing, Linked Open Data, Creative Commons licenses and APIs.
Posted on behalf of David Normal (edited by Sophie McIvor and Mahendra Mahey) The British Library meets Burning Man… In December 2013 the British Library uploaded over a million images from our 19th century digitised books onto Flickr Commons, with the invitation for anyone to remix, re-use and re-purpose the...
British library's unexpected re-use of images released in the PD
We need an Ombudsman for the Public Domain - Copyright protection dominates the debate on the commons. Being in control of cultural heritage material is not always bad. However, we need a stronger counter-balance that makes the claim that the public domain is important too. James Boyle argues for an ombudsman for the public domain, who guarantees direct engagement with texts and objects for the wider public to strengthen a thriving commons.
Prof James Boyle speaks about the importance of GLAMs as guardians of the Public Domain at the Rijksmuseum
Large-scale collections like the Digital Public Library of America, Europeana, Trove, and DigitalNZ have enriched the free web by making openly available tens of millions of items from libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites from their respective countries or continents. This burgeoning public commons is weakened, however, by a lack of common agreement over rights statements on these items, inconsistent international copyright law, and risk aversion among many nonprofit institutions. We will bring together these international projects to harmonize and evangelize a simpler rights structure, one that includes ways for works of all types, including materials with unclear or no known rights, to be made available to the public.
The functional possibilities of 3-D printing are well known. After all, we’re printing wrenches in space now. Yet the technology’s artistic potential may be equally significant. Almost every physical object, from a spoon to Degas’ famous dancer sculptures, can be scanned and uploaded onto the Internet as a file, ready...
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. Today Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council announced the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition. The Definition â��sets out principles that define openness in relation to data and content,â�� and is the baseline from which various public licenses are measured. Any content released under an Open Definition-conformant license means that anyone...
The Iris is the Getty's online magazine. Launched in April 2010, it is written by the staff, volunteers, scholars, interns, and others at the Getty's two Los Angeles campuses—the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu—and around the world.
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