[okfn-discuss] Fwd: Press Release: 150 years of polar expedition photos available online

Mike Linksvayer ml at creativecommons.org
Wed Mar 4 17:55:49 UTC 2009

At least it is clearly not intended for use by others. Sec 4.3 is
pretty darn specific:

4.3 To obtain a licence for Commercial Use, please contact the Picture
Library Manager, Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road,
Cambridge, CB2 1ER; email: picture.library at spri.cam.ac.uk.

On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 9:38 AM, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org> wrote:
> Large collection of images from the Scott Polar Research Institute,
> published under "Open Education User Licence version 1.0":
>  http://www.freezeframe.ac.uk/information/rights
> Lots of interesting photos!
> Unfortunately this isn't open, as it doesn't allow commercial re-use
> without permission. Does anyone know about how/when the license was
> drafted - and whether there is/was any opportunity to give feedback?
> J.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Press Release
> Today, 4th March 2009, sees more than 20,000 photos from 150 years of polar
> expeditions available online. These images have been made accessible by the
> Scott Polar Research Institute, thanks to a digitisation programme funded by
> As part of the preservation programme, negatives, daguerreotypes and lantern
> slides, which form part of a rich but fragile archive held by the Scott
> Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, are now available
> to scientists, researchers, scholars and members of the public.
> As well as being able to view a range of images, including Herbert Ponting’s
> glass plate negatives from the 1910-13 British Antarctic Expedition, that
> are so fragile  they will never be on public display, visitors to the
> website will also be able to read extracts from diaries, expedition reports,
> letters and other personal papers of expedition members.
> Polar Explorer Pen Hadow, who is currently leading the Catlin Arctic Survey
> which will determine the likely meltdown date of the ice cap, said: “The
> Freeze Frame archive is invaluable in charting changes in the polar regions.
> Making the material available to all will help with further research into
> scientific studies around global warming and climate change.”
> Heather Lane, Librarian and Keeper of Collections at the Scott Polar
> Research Institute, said: “The digitisation of these historic photographs
> allows the Scott Polar Research Institute’s resources to reach a wider
> learning community than ever before. Without this JISC-funded project we
> risked losing some of the most fragile of items forever and certainly
> wouldn’t be able to give so many people access to otherwise hidden
> collections that can further the study of polar environments.”
> Alistair Dunning, Digitisation Programme Manager at JISC, added: “This is
> one of over a dozen JISC-funded projects which aim to take valuable content
> that is not easily accessible by scholars or other interested parties and
> make it available to all. Freeze Frame will provide an unparalleled record
> of the living conditions and scientific findings of the explorers which can
> be used by learners today studying everything from photography and nutrition
> to global warming and glaciology.”
> A new exhibition, Face to Face, featuring some of the historic photographic
> portraits discovered during the Freeze Frame project, is currently on a UK
> tour and opens at Discovery Point, Dundee on 7th March.
> For additional information visit www.jisc.ac.uk or the Freeze Frame archive
> www.freezeframe.ac.uk
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