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OurDigitalWorld at the Creative Commons Summit, and our report on digital heritage knowledge labels!

ODW will be leading a discussion at the Creative Commons Summit in Toronto from April 28-30th, 2017. Our session is about Canadian Cultural Heritage in the Commons, and we’ll talking about sharing options and issues for digital heritage collections, from CC to RightsStatements, from orphan works to born-digital acquisitions.

ODW’s VITA collections management toolkit offers the option of applying Creative Commons licenses, but we know that sometimes they don’t cover the breadth of complex scenarios, constraints, and permissions on heritage materials. Creative Commons is for rights-holders, and there are lots of other issues for standardizing permissions for cultural heritage aggregations.

Last year, we asked Mark Fellin, our practicum student from the University of Toronto iSchool, to prepare a research report on the new opportunities for digital heritage
licensing and permissions. Specifically, we wanted to explore options for the traditional knowledge of Indigenous communities in Canada. They have unique rights and control needs for that can bring new perspectives to cultural heritage.

Mark’s report reviews Creative Commons, RightsStatements, Mukurtu Traditional Knowledge labels, a licensing scheme proposed by the University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic and Carleton’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, and other exciting projects and tools. You can read it here (PDF).

It’s a fantastic review and primer on some of the issues we’re grappling with all across Canada, and what we want to talk about with like-minded practitioners, legal professionals, scholars, and creators at the upcoming Creative Commons Summit. If you’ll be joining us there, our talk will be at 4pm on Friday, April 28th.

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