Monthly Archives: January 2018

Research Blog Series: Monetising Free Content

Liz Dowthwaite presents her research exploring how creators of free online content are able to monetise their work, for our Research Blog Series Project: Monetising Free Content Investigator: Liz Dowthwaite, University of Nottingham What did your research aim to do? The aim was to explore how creators of free content, specifically webcomics, are able to use social media and other internet tools to monetise their work online, at the same time as maintaining their ownership rights and combatting attribution and copyright problems. Online copyright law is a major issue for many in the creative industries. Independent artists often rely on sharing their work across social media and content-sharing sites, leaving them open to having their work stolen or misused. When … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Commercial Exploitation of Online Identity

Christina Emmanouil presents her research on the use by individuals of social networking sites for commercial purposes, for the Research Blog Series. Project:  Designing for the commercial exploitation of online identity. Investigators: Christina Emmanouil with Professor Derek McAuley, University of Nottingham What did your research aim to do? Develop knowledge about the self- presentation practices of individuals who use social networking sites for commercial purposes and highlight design opportunities that emerge in support of these practices. How did you do it? By focusing on a case study of book authors to conduct three empirical studies, an online survey, an online observation, and two co-design workshops. Authors were selected as they represent a professional group with the potential to fully operate within … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Valuing the Public Domain

Kris Erickson discusses CREATe research on understanding the value of the copyright public domain, for the Research Blog Series. Project: Valuing the Public Domain was a two-year knowledge exchange project jointly funded by ESRC (Grant ES/K008137/1), the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), and CREATe. The total funding was £104,000. Investigators: Lead Investigators were Kristofer Erickson (CREATe, now Leeds University) and Martin Kretschmer (CREATe, University of Glasgow) In addition, the project involved collaboration by Co-Investigators Dinusha Mendis (Bournemouth University), Paul Heald (University of Illinois) and Fabian Homberg (University of Southampton). The project employed a number of CREATe PhD student research assistants, who assisted with interviewing SMEs about their use of public domain materials and gathering data about the use of public … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Open Content Film making

Robin Williams reviews a University of Edinburgh project on Creative Commons and film making, for the Research Blog Series Project Name: Open Film: Open Source Investigators: PIs: Gian Marco Campagnolo and Robin Williams (University of Edinburgh). Research team: Evi Giannatou and James Stewart (University of Edinburgh) and Michael Franklin (Goldsmiths College, University of London). What did your research aim to do? The Open Film: Open Source study sought to resolve a controversy about the adoption of Creative Common (CC) licences in the film industry and its potential to establish open-content-film making (OCF) in a similar way to the success of Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS). How did you do it? We sought to exploit the detailed insights available from contemporary ethnographic study-informed … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: OpenMinTeD

Thomas Margoni reports on the project aiming to develop a registry for text and data mining services and tools, for the Research Blog Series. OpenMinTeD (Open Mining Infrastructure for Text and Data) is the H2020 e-infra project aiming to develop a registry for text and data mining services and tools. This will allow researchers, research institutions and data providers to find, use and combine resources for TDM purposes thereby enhancing the scientific playing field of the EU. The project is run by a consortium of 16 EU partners. CREATe/University of Glasgow coordinates the legal interoperability activities which are conducted mainly within working group three (WG3). WG3 is formed by a team of more than 20 specialists with an interdisciplinary background under … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Open Publishing

Continuing the Research Blog series, Estelle Dercleye presents her work exploring multiple aspects of open publishing. Project: Open publishing Investigators: Estelle Derclaye (PI); Giancarlo Frosio (postdoc) and Kenneth Wilson (doctoral researcher) University of Nottingham What did your research aim to do? This project examined the current trends, advantages, disadvantages, problems and solutions, opportunities and barriers in open publishing, and in particular open academic publishing How did you do it? Literature review, workshop and PhD thesis

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