Scrapbook12_p134CREATe organized two events on Friday 20th January 2017 to launch the Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks Project: 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 addressed these related issues. It provided an overview of the duration of copyright protection as it relates to photographs, a notoriously complicated area of law. In addition, it provided 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 workshop was organized for anyone interested in digitising photographs from archive and other collections.

The second event was 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)

The Edwin Morgan Project digital resource officially launched at this event. 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. Event attendees were 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 represented 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.

For further information, contact Project Officer Kerry Patterson.

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