Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage (Hardback)
  • Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage (Hardback)

Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage (Hardback)

Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 14/12/2017
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This practical and explanatory guide for library and cultural
heritage professionals introduces and explains the use of open licences for
content, data and metadata in libraries and other cultural heritage
organisations. Using rich background information, international case studies
and examples of best practice, this book outlines how and why open licences
should and can be used with the sector's content, data and metadata.

Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage digs into
the concept of 'open' in relation to intellectual property, providing context
through the development of different fields, including open education, open
source, open data, and open government. It explores the organisational benefits
of open licensing and the open movement, including the importance of content
discoverability, arguments for wider collections impact and access, the
practical benefits of simplicity and scalability, and more ethical and
principled arguments related to protection of public content and the public

Content covered includes:

an accessible introduction to relevant concepts, themes, and
names, including 'Creative Commons', 'attribution', model licences, and licence
distinctions between content that has been openly licensed and
content that is in the public domain and why professionals in the sector should
be aware of these differences
an exploration of the organisational benefits of open licensing
and the open movement
the benefits and risks associated with open licensing
a range of practical case studies from organisations including
Newcastle Libraries, the University of Edinburgh, Statens Museum for Kunst (the
National Gallery of Denmark), and the British Library.

This book will be useful reading for staff and policy makers across the gallery, library, archive and museum
(GLAM) sector, who need a clear understanding of the open licensing
environment, opportunities, risks and approaches to implementation. This includes
library and information professionals, library and information services (LIS)
professionals working specifically in the digital field (including digital
curation, digitisation, digital production, resource discovery developers). It will also be of use to students of LIS Science, digital curation, digital humanities, archives and
records management and museum studies.

Publisher: Facet Publishing
ISBN: 9781783301867
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage is as impressively informative as it is exceptionally well written, organized and presented. Unreservedly recommended as an essential, exceptional, indispensable, core addition to community, governmental, and academic Library Science collections, Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage is a necessary and invaluable instructional reference.
-- Micah Andrew * MBR Bookwatch *
This book will be of value to any institutions considering making their collections available digitally. The background and context information is largely clearly relevant, concise and sufficient. The book is very readable throughout. It will also be suitable for students studying courses in library and moveable cultural heritage management. Indeed I have recommended the book to my own students.

-- Adrienne Muir * Journal of Cultural Heritage *
'I recommend Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage to cultural institutions who are looking for a way to make their digital content accessible to a broader audience, thus bringing them not only the visibility that comes with openness, but also to initiate them as new stakeholders that support such endeavors.'- Anastasia Weigle, Maine Archives and Museums Quarterly -- Anastasia Weigle * Maine Archives and Museums Quarterly *
'In their excellent guide Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage, Gill Hamilton and Fred Saunderson explain, advocate, and show howto implement open intellectual property (`IP') licensing within the heritage sector. Their use of enlightening case studies, authored by other experts in the sector, is especially impactful. These real-life stories-perhaps the core of the book-help explain why it is not always possible to be as open as we might like, why openness takes time and resource, and how risk needs to be mitigated. Nevertheless, Hamilton's and Saunderson's personable, persuasive, and enthusiastic tone extends unswayed to the final, practical chapters.'- Bernard Horrocks, Tate Gallery, London, UK * Archives and Records *

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