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 organizations. 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 organizational 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 domain.
Content covered includes:
an accessible introduction to relevant concepts, themes, and names, including `Creative Commons', `attribution', model licences, and licence versions
distinctions between content that has been openly licensed and content that is in the public domain (i.e. content in which copyright has expired or has been explicitly waived altogether) and outlines why professionals in the sector should be aware of these differences
an exploration of the organizational benefits of open licensing and the open movement
a range of practical case studies, including from Newcastle City Libraries, the University of Edinburgh, Statens Museum for Kunst
National Gallery of Denmark, and the British Library
the benefits and risks associated with open licensing.