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Copyright and Risk: Scoping the Wellcome Digital Library Project

About this project

Ian Anderson

Martin Kretschmer

Victoria Stobo

Lead investigator(s):
Dr Ian Anderson
Prof Martin Kretschmer
Ms Victoria Stobo

Start Date: 1st February 2013
End Date: 30th September 2013


Locating the question of copyright compliance within a risk-management strategy is a relatively recent innovation, and especially so within the public sector. This project considered the implications of adopting a risk-based approach to copyright compliance within a large-scale multi-partner digitisation project – in this case, a project being led by the Wellcome Trust – with a view to informing archival practice within a national and international context.

Project outputs include:

  • Copyright & Risk: Scoping the Wellcome Digital Library Project – This Working Paper presents a comprehensive case study which aims to assess the merits of the risk-managed approach to copyright clearance adopted by the Wellcome Library (WL) in the course of their pilot digitisation project Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.
  • Archives and Copyright: Developing an Agenda for Reform – This resource has been produced as an orientation point in critically assessing how copyright shapes the work of archives as it relates to preservation and access.
  • Project poster – Project activities have been summarised in this poster which was presented at the CREATe All Hands conference in September 2014.