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Canoe the Open Content Rapids



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  • Canoe the Open Content Rapids Dorothea Salo University of Wisconsin 21 October 2009 Photo:
  • You’ve heard this too, right? • “My students are doing digital storytelling. I tell them to go to Google Images and use what they find there. How should I tell them to credit the creator?” ARGH.
  • The public domain
  • Google Books! • All the legal wrangling is about orphan works. • Public-domain books will be freely available through Google and Hathi. • Enjoy!
  • Building the digital public domain • Musopen: • Flickr Commons: commons • Project Gutenberg: http://
  • Government documents
  • Three cheers for the feds! • Work produced by federal employees in the course of their jobs is in the public domain. • Unless it’s confidential or something, of course. • This means more than text! Photo:
  • The Cod of Ethics... from the US Fish and Wildlife Service: Logo design by Steve Lawson.
  • Open Access
  • Finding OA materials • OAIster • Now part of WorldCat • OA-specific search engine coming early 2010 • Directory of Open Access Journals • • Google and Google Scholar
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Open courses • MIT Open CourseWare • • Nearly 2000 courses! • Open Learn from the Open University • • Stanford Engineering Everywhere • • Try the OCW Finder! •
  • Open learning materials • OER Commons • • K-12 and college-level • MERLOT • College-level • • Pointers to external resources • Try a directory! • •
  • Creative Commons
  • Creative Commons • What if you want people to reuse your stuff? • You could grant it to the public domain... • ... but then anybody can do anything with it. • Creative Commons is a middle ground. • Licensing copyrighted works to all comers for reuse! • Under certain conditions... •
  • CC license provisions • BY: Must attribute to creator. • On all CC licenses except CC0/PDD (public domain dedication) • ND: No derivative works. • NC: Non-commercial use only. • SA: Share-alike • Release your new work under the same license. • These can be combined!
  • Where to find CC-licensed works • Images: Flickr • Has its own CC search, or use • Flickr Storm: • GREAT source of legally-usable images for your projects and your students’ projects! • Music: ccMixter • • Also see (yes, really) • Jamendo:
  • Or look through... • “30+ Places to Find Creative Commons Media” • commons-sources/ • “25+ Sources for Creative Commons Content” • • “Copyright Friendly Image Sources” • +Image+Sources Photo:
  • Add to the rapids!
  • Do not be this! Photo:
  • Digitization • Do not engage in copyfraud! • If it’s public domain, digitization does not re-copyright it. • Make reuse rights or licenses clear. • Use Creative Commons licenses (including CC0) whenever possible! • Join Flickr Commons • Think about digitization when you accept unpublished materials. Photo:
  • Publication • Open access starts at home! • We look bad when we tout open access to faculty and then don’t practice it ourselves. • Read your next publication agreement. Amend it if necessary. • Use MINDS@UW! • And encourage your colleagues and your faculty to use it. • Activism! • • OSTP on OA to federally-funded works. Photo:
  • Outreach • Tell people about Creative Commons. • Great for classroom needs! • Instead of being copyright cop, be Creative Commons advocate! • Credit visibly so that you can field questions. • Never ask permission when open content will do! Photo:
  • Paddle on! This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license. Photo: