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Creative Commons and Copyright

Victoria Leachman, Hitting the Road for Creative Commons and National Services, Te Paerangi, Te Papa blog, 20 May 2015

cc-by-GLAM-420x590In March and some of April this year I was away from Te Papa going around the country talking with others from the gallery, library, archive and museum sector (GLAMs) for the Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand GLAM Road Trip 2015. The Road Trip provided free workshops and events for the cultural and heritage sector on all things copyright and Creative Commons. Te Papa’s National Services Te Paerangi were already thinking of sending me around the country to deliver copyright workshops to the GLAM sector. We killed two birds with one stone and combined our efforts. Totalling it all up I spoke at 11 Creative Commons events and delivered 5 workshops for National Services Te Paerangi.

We filmed the last session of the Creative Commons Road Trip. If you work in the heritage sector and are thinking about opening up resources for the public to reuse – this video could help. In this hour-long video Matt McGregor from Creative Commons recommends a few steps galleries, libraries, archives and museums can take to open up images of collection items for reuse. Keitha Booth from the NZ Open Government Information and Data programme talks about the NZ Government’s Open Access and Licensing Framework and how GLAMs can use it to release resources for reuse. Mark Crookston from the National Library of New Zealand and I both give real-world case studies from our institutions.

The slides from each talk are available online here.

I talked about how Te Papa uses creative commons licenses and also highlighted Te Papa’s Collections Online download project which has released over 48,000 images for free high resolution download via Collections Online. If you want to find out more about that project and its impact so far check out these other blog posts: Free Downloadable images from Te Papa’s Collections and Reusing Te Papa’s Collection Images – By the numbers.

The trip was a success and great fun. I got to meet up with colleagues from around the country and it was a real boost for me to experience the energy and enthusiasm we all have for our work. A big thanks from me to Matt and Elizabeth from Creative Commons and to National Services Te Paerangi for giving me the opportunity to go on the road trip. Thanks heaps to my fellow speakers and event attendees for the entertaining discussions.

I’ve got one more workshop in Whangarei to go and it’s already fully booked. If you’re a worker in the New Zealand heritage sector and you are interested in hosting a Copyright and Copyright Management for GLAMs workshop in your area contact National Services Te Paerangi.

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