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Chronicling Collaboration: CREATe, CopyrightUser.org and the Digital Catapult

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bart-melettiFrequent CREATe Collaborator Bartolomeo Meletti describes his recent efforts supporting partnership between three key contributors to the development of the digital creative economy.


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CREATe and the Digital Catapult have entered a partnership to develop a set of copyright information tools that are responsive to the needs of primary creators and creative businesses in the digital world. As lead producer of CopyrightUser.org (a widely used online copyright portal, which attracted over 40,000 users since its launch in March 2014), I am being seconded from CREATe to the Digital Catapult Centre in Euston Road, London. In partnership with the Digital Catapult, we are producing events with creative groups (such as photographers, musicians and the archive sector) and developing new sectoral copyright guidance, including several video assets.

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Diligent Searching in the Dark – Identifying images out of context

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Kerry Patterson, Project Officer for CREATe’s Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks project describes some approaches and challenges in her efforts to carry out diligent search for thousands of images with little original context.


The enormous visual appeal of the poet Edwin Morgan’s scrapbooks is countered by a large complication for the copyright researcher. Morgan rarely gives a source for the images he uses, meaning that the 16 scrapbook volumes contain tens of thousands of images with no note of their original context. For the researcher performing a diligent search as part of a mass digitisation project, the difficulty is this; without any supporting information for an image, what resources can be used to carry out a diligent search? Do the IPO’s Diligent Search guidelines offer assistance?

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Double Page from Scrapbook 12

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