Feb 242013

Open Licensing workshop

This week I have been taking part in a very interesting online workshop on Open Licensing run by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex which may be of interest to you. Although registration for the workshop is closed because the workshop is now running, you may be interested to watch some of the slide shows, which are, of course, Open Access. I’ve found these slide shows really helpful in clarifying open licensing and they have given me pointers for the way I personally use open access materials, but also in thinking through institutional issues. For African researchers Open Access materials are a key way to obtain up to date information/data/journals at no cost. We also need to consider institutionally how we make our own data and publications available for others.

Copyright and Intellectual Property issues are very important all over the world, but in a development context it is a necessity to understand the licenses available and the issues involved.This slideshare gives an historical overview of copyright laws.

This slideshare introduces the different levels of Creative Commons licenses. It gives some clear guidance about which type of license to use for different purposes. This is an area which can be very confusing and it was good to see the information portrayed so clearly.

One of the things I found most useful in Day Three’s slideshare was the explanation of the Sherpa Romeo website which you can use to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher’s copyright transfer agreement, particularly in journals. RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher’s policies regarding the self- archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories. You can access RoMEO here

The last day was useful in providing us with resource links

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