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‘Team Open’: Creative Commons finally finding its role?

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Post by Prof. Dr. Leonhard Dobusch, first published here.

Creative Commons licenses are essential to virtually all of the different “open movements”, which have emerged over the past two decades beyond open source software. In the realm of open education, open science and open access, Creative Commons licenses are the standard way to make content open to the wider public. Also in fields such as open data and open government Creative Commons licenses are widely used to make it easier for third parties to re-use publicly funded content.

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Images, metadata, orphans

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Post by Prof. Derek McAuley

Coincidentally, five days after the publication of the Copyright Licensing Steering Group‘s report on the last 12 months of work on streamlining copyright, I was due to give a talk at a joint event of CREATe and the EPSRC funded Network of Excellence in Identity. The event “Identity Lost – electronic identity, digital orphan works and copyright law reform”, the talk “Digital tool chains; get your act together” – what joy to find the CLSG report, which lays down 10 key principles, formed the perfect frame to what I had planned to talk about! What should we do to avoid the on going creation of digital works that are orphans at birth?

Herewith the blogged version of the talk…

Metadata matters: encourage its use and preservation

I. By default create and preserve metadata

What is metadata in a digital image? Simply data attached to the digital image written by the camera when the image is created or afterwards as the image is processed by various tools. Nearly all cameras (including smartphones) capture information about the “camera” – lens, aperture, timing, resolution etc. – and the when and (especially with smartphones) the where. (More here.)

© Derek McAuley; not really sufficient…

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Data Where?

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Introduction by Lilian Edwards

Below is a blog written originally on the personal website of Prof Derek McAuley, head of the Horizon Digital Economy Hub and Doctoral Training Centre and lead for Nottingham as partner in CREATe. I have added a short new introduction to put into context why the work outlined below is an integral and vital part of the CREATe work programme.
Horizon is CREATe’s major partner looking at the creative industries’ problems from the viewpoint of technology and computing science. Specifically, Horizon took on the Herculean job of considering a number of interlocked problems. First, the Internet is obviously the source of, and platform for, much of the new creative and innovative activity in modern society. It clearly and brutally cannot be ignored by a Centre devoted to promoting the creative industries.

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