photo credit: Ed Bremner
The first Discovery Licensing Clinic brought together representatives from a number of different libraries, archives and museums to spend a day considering practical responses to the Discovery open licensing principles and getting practical guidance from the assembled experts. It was an opportunity to identify issues and discuss the range of tactics that institutions might adopt in scoping metadata releases and making the associated licensing decisions.
Our panel of experts on the day consisted of Francis Davey (Barrister), Naomi Korn (Copyright Consultant), Paul Miller (Cloud of Data) and Chris Banks (University Librarian & Director, Library, Special Collections & Museums, University of Aberdeen)
Chris Banks has written a blogpost reflecting on the day and her presentation slides can be viewed below:
The issues around licensing open metadata do represent a significant hurdle for institutions but none of those issues are insurmountable. Our hope is that licensing clinics such as this one, and the ones we plan to run in the future, will give managers and decision makers the knowledge they need to progress the open metadata agenda within their organisation.