OpenMinTeD (Open Mining Infrastructure for Text and Data) is a H2020 project that aims to make it easier for researchers to integrate the use of mined data into their daily workflows. The project will develop a registry of TDM services and tools to better equip researchers to discover, combine, and use mined data. Thomas Margoni delivered a webinar on November 23rd that reported on OpenMinTeD project activity relating to Text and Data Mining interoperability at the legal level. The slides and video of the event are now available. Giulia Dore describes the OpenMinTeD project in more detail below.
On Wednesday the 26th of October at the Humanities Lecture Theatre of the University of Glasgow, Gwen Franck and Timothy Vollmer, respectively Manager of Public Policy and European Regional Coordinator of Creative Commons, delivered a public lecture on the spirit and purposes of Creative Commons. A summary of the event and the event slides are now available. Continue reading
As previously reported, CREATe, Glasgow was proud to host the 8th Annual Workshop of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property in July 2016. We are pleased to announce that the Call for Papers for the next Annual Workshop – to be held at the University of Toronto, Canada, 12-14 July 2017 – is now open. Exploring the theme of ‘IP as Circulation and Control’, the Workshop invites proposals for papers from both established and junior scholars, from all countries and disciplines, exploring this theme from historical and/or theoretical perspectives. The Call for Papers is available for download here:
More about ISHTIP (including the 2016 Workshop hosted by CREATe) can be found here:
PhD Scholarship in legal aspects of data and digital innovation at School of Law, University of Glasgow, in collaboration with international law firm CMS and CREATe, the RCUK copyright centre
Applications are invited for a PhD Scholarship being offered by the School of Law, University of Glasgow, in collaboration with international law firm CMS. The PhD project will involve a unique collaboration between the technology, media and communications practice of CMS (led by Chris Watson), and the RCUK CREATe Centre, investigating copyright and digital innovation (led by Prof. Martin Kretschmer) who will jointly supervise.
The PhD project will be shaped in discussion with the successful candidate, and seeks to establish thought leadership in a cutting edge area relating to digital technology, competition and innovation. We are particularly interested in emerging technologies and structures that may be linked to a new understanding of data as a source of market power. However, other topics could also be considered, for example relating to the Internet of Things, cloud computing, patent and trade mark behaviour (e.g. in the smartphone market), liability of intermediaries, distributed ledger technology, user-led innovation or platform competition. Continue reading
“Press Publisher Rights in the New Copyright in the Digital Single Market Draft Directive” resources now available
As part of CREATE’s Public Lecture Series in autumn 2016, Professor Raquel Xalabarder, Chair of Intellectual Property, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) discussed the press publisher rights in the proposed Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. This lecture took place on Wednesday, November 2nd at the University of Glasgow.
A video recording of this lecture along with Professor Xalabarder’s slides and a CREATe Working Paper are now available from our event resource page.
CREATe is pleased to announce two events to launch the Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks Project, taking place on Friday 20th January 2017: a free training event about digitising photographs and the launch of the web resource.
Digitising Photographs: Copyright Duration and Diligent Search
Time: 2 pm – 4.30 pm on 20th January 2017
Location: The University of Glasgow Library (Talklab, Level 3)
Digitising photographs poses very specific challenges. It is not always easy to work out whether a photograph is in copyright, or when the copyright term expires. And photographs that are in copyright may be orphan works: lacking any contextual information that might help identify the relevant copyright owner.
This expert workshop addresses these related issues. It will provide you with an overview of the duration of copyright protection as it relates to photographs, a notoriously complicated area of law. In addition, it provides practical guidance on how to conduct a diligent search for orphan photographs under both the European Orphan Works Directive and the UK Orphan Works Licensing Scheme: what sources are useful in conducting a search, and what level of diligence is required? This is an essential workshop for anyone interested in digitising photographs from archive and other collections.
The second event is the official launch of the project web resource, in Special Collections:
Launch: Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks web resource
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm on 20th January 2017
Location: The University of Glasgow Library (Level 12)
Please join us from 5 pm to celebrate the launch of the Edwin Morgan Project resource. The online resource includes an interactive digitised section of one of Edwin Morgan’s scrapbooks, a full exploration of the project, and copyright guidance for other organisations undertaking similar digitisation projects. You will be able to browse the resource as well as see Scrapbooks and related items from Edwin Morgan’s personal papers, held in Special Collections.
These events represent the culmination of a two-year initiative exploring the opportunities, limitations and costs of EU and UK copyright policy as it impacts the digitisation of unique and distinctive artistic collections.
CREATe are delighted to announce an additional research presentation this term. Sheona Burrow (PhD candidate, CREATe) and Dr Elena Cooper (Research Fellow, CREATe) will present a joint paper about the enforcement of copyright in photographs, today and historically, and what this means about the nature of copyright (remuneration and/or control) and the changing relation through time of copyright law and the bureaucratisation of copyright exploitation. A full abstract is provided below.
The talk takes place at 2.30pm-3.20pm on 7th December 2016 in the CREATe Hub, Level 4, 10 The Square, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ. Those intending to attend should contact Dr Elena Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the draft paper.
The talk complements the existing CREATe PhD Developmental Workshop scheduled for 4pm-6pm on 7th December, also in the CREATe Hub.
Photographic Copyright and the IP Enterprise Court in Historical Perspective: Remuneration, Control and the Bureaucratisation of Copyright Law
Abstract: A central aspect of intellectual property protection is the rights-owner’s right to authorise or prohibit infringing uses of the protected subject matter. The right to authorise or prohibit is central to the status of intellectual property as property: it provides the rights-owner with control over infringing uses, as opposed to the mere right to be remunerated for those uses. This article challenges the primacy of the assumption that intellectual property concerns control in all cases through an in-depth case study analysing of the enforcement of copyright in photographs both today and historically.
CREATe Programme Leader, Dr Sukhpreet Singh, and, Head of School of Law, Prof. Iain Macneil, were invited to be a part of a University of Glasgow delegation that visited more than 25 potential partner institutions (including leading law universities, law firms, industry associations, and, study abroad facilitators) across 5 State capital cities of India between 1 and 11 Nov 2016.
An immediate outcome of the visit includes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, to take place on 2 December 2016 in Glasgow, between the University of Glasgow, and, the National Law University (NLU) Delhi, one of the premier law education and research institutions of India. This builds on previous CREATe connections with India such as the research panel discussion at the Global IP Congress organised at NLU Delhi. See here and here.
The School of Law, which hosts CREATe, is scheduled to organise an executive training programme in corporate governance for a high level delegation of Indian public sector organisations in Spring 2017. Expertise was also sought by several potential partners in India to conduct short online courses as well as in country programmes in intellectual property rights and digital copyright, in which CREATe has global recognition. One such programme, the CREATe Summer School in IP, will be organised from 29 June to 1 July 2017. More details will be announced soon.
During the summer of 2016 three CREATe events took place in which economists working in the areas of culture, media and industrial organization were invited to exchange views on the transformative impact of digitization and the internet on the creative economy and to reflect on the implications of emerging trends for the future of the creative economy and for copyright. One of these events was jointly sponsored by the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) at their conference at the University of Valladolid, Spain and a second was jointly sponsored with the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI) at their conference at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, USA in July. The third event was part of the CREATe Festival held in London at the Royal Society of Arts in June. We are delighted to announce that a dedicated resource page has been created to share the outcomes of these events.
Martin Kretschmer on researchers’ incentives to engage in open science at Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels
CREATe director Martin Kretschmer spoke at the Opening Symposium of the newly formed Guild of Research Intensive Universities: Overcoming Boundaries: Open Science and Open Innovation. In discussion with academics from the universities of Göttingen, Oslo, Tartu, Tübingen, Warwick and the European Commission’s Head of Cabinet in DG Research and Innovation, he argued that the natural incentives of researchers are stacked against Open Science, identifying two groups of factors:
(1) The control over the standard metrics that govern academic appointments and careers (rankings, impact factors, citations). These are mostly drawn from closed environments, managed by science publishers through several layers of protection: ownership of journals and databases, contracts, access restrictions (TPM).
(2) The norms and conventions that govern different disciplines. These diverge for the humanities (where aspirations of authorial control still dominate), for the social sciences (where exclusive control of data is seen as giving a competitive advantage), and the physical and biological sciences (where marking a scientific advance as early as possible in public may offer a reputational route).
Recent interventions at EU level, prescribing cloud deposits of data and open access dissemination of outputs as a condition of research funding awards are important levers but need to be understood in the context of a complex scientific incentive system. The experience with digital data repositories over the last two decades shows that the terms of grants are difficult to monitor and enforce.
Drawing on the experience of CREATe’s Copyright Evidence Wiki (using the Wikimedia platform) and CREATe’s working paper series using CERN’s Zenodo repository, rather than venture capital backed initiatives such as SSRN (now owned by Elsevier) or ResearchGate, Kretschmer explored the possibility of developing new indicators and metrics for Open Science that could replace journal impact factors, and encourage researchers to open up research process and findings.
University of Glasgow Principal, Professor Anton Muscatelli, is the vice-chair of the European Guild of Research Intensive Universities. Please see University of Glasgow news item for further information.