In an attempt to gather information useful to us all, I present to you a weekly update on useful links in the digital humanities realm. This weeks focus lies on open access and new forms of scholarly communication in the digital age and includes links from @creativecommons @WellcomeLibrary and @copyrightcentre
The first link comes directly from @creativecommons: “As EFF put it in the Copyright Week principles: ’The results of publicly funded research should be made freely available to the public online, to be fully used by anyone, anywhere, anytime.’ This is a principle that Creative Commons has always upheld. It’s crucial that the public has free online access to the research it pays for. It’s important, too, not to forget the second part of the principle: ‘…to be fully used by anyone.’ In CC’s opinion, simply giving the public access isn’t enough. It’s impossible to enable full use without communicating the legal rights available to downstream users of those works.” read on here.
As read-only access is not always enough, several libraries and museums have started making content freely available online and to download. The Wellcome Library has followed suit and made over 100 000 high res historical images available online free of charge. All the images, which include of manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements, carry a a CC-BY licence and can be downloaded from the Wellcome Images website.
finally, CREATe has published a literature review on open access publishing, which is, of course, open access. This literature review investigates the current trends, advantages, disadvantages, problems and solutions, opportunities and barriers in Open Access Publishing (OAP), and in particular Open Access (OA) academic publishing. Access it here