Review of CREATe Copyright & Innovation Network Events #createcin

Two significant CREATe Copyright & Innovation Network events took place in Glasgow on the 10th November: the Copyright Evidence Wiki board meeting and a Workshop addressing legal and business model constraints on collections.

At the first meeting of the Editorial Board of the Copyright Evidence Wiki , attendees consisted of Martin Kretschmer (Chair), Kristofer Erickson, Ruth Towse, Amy Thomas, Heather Ford, Thomas Margoni, Fred Saunderson, Paul Heald, Rebecca Giblin and Kenny Barr. The purpose of the meeting was to give the Board a sense of the technical specifications of the Wiki and the challenges it seeks to address. The team received input from the Board on policies for including new contributions to the Wiki. Professor Heald generously offered the assistance of librarians at the University of Illinois to help generate a list of new studies for inclusion.

The Board also discussed matters relating to transparency and independence of editorial content, ideas about opportunities to increase the policymaking awareness and impact of the Evidence Wiki, and other future collaborations. A public Q&A followed the Board Meeting, which provided an opportunity to share details of the resource with students and other faculty from the University, as well as interested members of the public.


The second event was a workshop was entitled, ‘Releasing the transformative value of copyright collections‘. It considered some of the problematic issues that underpin many of the general exceptions to copyright and provided an opportunity to become familiar with CREATe’s innovative digital resources to help cultural heritage practitioners better understand copyright. The keynote from Lorna Hughes was entitled ‘Legal and business model constraints on transformative value of heritage collection.’ Taking a wider view of the subject of Digital Humanities, Lorna explored digital culture heritage in Europe. This was followed by an engaging presentation from Johanna Green, ‘Open Images: A Medievalist’s Tale’. Johanna’s talk explored the challenges for medieval scholars in accessing digital images, and the questions and issues arising from digitisation and social media.

Following these, three CREATe projects were presented: two short introductions to the resources available through Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks and Copyright Cortex, and a longer overview of the popular Copyright User platform. As part of the Copyright User presentation, Bartolomeo Meletti showed the first episode of The Game is On!, the series of short animated films that put copyright and creativity under the magnifying glass of Sherlock Holmes and provide a unique, research-led and open access resource. The day concluded with a panel chaired by Martin Kretschmer that included the day’s speakers: Johanna Green, Lorna Hughes, Bartolomeo Meletti, Fred Saunderson, Kerry Patterson and Victoria Stobo. Panellists answered questions and shared their thoughts on what might be done to release collections and encourage unpredicted use, reflecting on different options for interventions and change of behaviour from the perspective of cultural institutions, creative businesses and the general public.

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