1. Canoe the
Open Content Rapids
University of Wisconsin
21 October 2009
2. You’ve heard this too,
• “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
3. The public domain
4. Google Books!
• All the legal wrangling is about
• Public-domain books will be freely
available through Google and Hathi.
5. Building the digital
• Musopen: http://www.musopen.com/
• Flickr Commons: http://ﬂickr.com/
• Project Gutenberg: http://
6. Government documents
7. Three cheers for the feds!
• Work produced by federal employees
in the course of their jobs is in the
• Unless it’s conﬁdential or something, of course.
• This means more than text!
8. The Cod of Ethics...
from the US Fish and Wildlife Service:
Logo design by Steve Lawson.
10. Open Access
11. Finding OA materials
• Now part of WorldCat
• OA-speciﬁc search engine coming early 2010
• Directory of Open Access Journals
• Google and Google Scholar
12. Open Educational
13. Open courses
• MIT Open CourseWare
• Nearly 2000 courses!
• Open Learn from the Open University
• Stanford Engineering Everywhere
• Try the OCW Finder!
14. Open learning materials
• OER Commons
• K-12 and college-level
• Pointers to external resources
• Try a directory!
15. Creative Commons
16. Creative Commons
• What if you want people to reuse your
• 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...
17. 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!
18. Where to ﬁnd
• Images: Flickr
• Has its own CC search, or use
• Flickr Storm: http://www.zoo-m.com/ﬂickr-storm/
• GREAT source of legally-usable images for your projects and your
• Music: ccMixter
• Also see http://incompetech.com/ (yes, really)
• Jamendo: http://www.jamendo.com/en/
21. Do not be this!
• 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accept unpublished materials.
• 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.
• OSTP on OA to federally-funded works.
• 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
• Never ask permission when open
content will do!
25. Paddle on!
This presentation is licensed
under a Creative Commons 3.0