Economies of the Commons

11 April 2008 A two day international working conference to explore the new forms of digital knowledge and cultural commons created around the internet.

Open Culture Data

Attribution Share Alike - Beelden voor de toekomst It is a network of cultural professionals, developers, designers, copyright specialists and open data experts, which makes cultural data open and encourages the development of valuable cultural a (...)

Digitisation audiovisual materials heritage Institutions: Models for licenses and compensations

With this research report the Images for the Future consortium stresses the need to adopt the existing copyright framework applicable to mass digitisation projects in the Netherlands.

Copyright arrangements

Images for the Future wants to sufficiently collect and record intellectual property rights information, so that a lack in copyright information does not become an obstruction in disclosing and exploiting the material. The project aims to clear as much content as possible, by closing window agreements with copyright holders or their representatives. Content that has spent years collecting dust will again be released into the market. For copyrights this means the project has to think deeply about (...)

Open up the goldmine in the UK

“The cultural heritage community sits on a goldmine of images, texts, sounds, films, video, data and metadata of immense interest to wide variety of of specific sectors and the general public.” With that statement Jordan S. Hatcher and Eduserv open the Snapshot study on the use of open content licenses in the UK cultural heritage sector. 107 Cultural heritage organisations participated in the UK-wide survey.

Economies of the Commons Panel 6: Professional Cultural Producers

By this point in the conference, the afternoon of the third day, the challenges of the commons had been fairly well explored: Current copyright law thwarts free access and reusability; archives aren’t sure where to position themselves in the continuum between protecting their assets and promoting their collections; digital information can be copied and distributed so perfectly and cheaply that the value of the information is approaching zero… information wants to be free.