[Openglam_members] Wellcome Library blog on OpenGLAM

Joris Pekel jpekel at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 11:49:22 UTC 2014

Hi all,

thanks a lot for picking up on this.
I think this is a nice approach for now. It remains an important question,
what to do with PD material that is licensed with CC-licenses, as you
basically acknowledge that the institution had the rights to license it as
such, which is often not the case. At the same time applauding moves
towards open and re-usable licenses is great so we don't want to

Thanks again, and looking forward to the workshop.



2014-06-10 10:18 GMT+02:00 Lieke Ploeger <lieke.ploeger at okfn.org>:

> Dear Working Group members,
> During our monthly call last week (see notes at
> https://docs.google.com/a/okfn.org/document/d/1yCJUVrTsbnSenuQA0tGQ0rugEwitlyiwATJbIrJpQEs/edit)
> we discussed the Curator's Choice blog on the Wellcome Images release. Some
> members felt that it might not be a good signal to actively promote this
> collection (consisting of public domain material that was licensed as CC-BY
> following digitisation) at this moment, in light of the ongoing discussion
> around this topic, as well as the upcoming OKfest session.
> However, taking a blog offline after it has been published, combined with
> the fact that it is still an Open Collection (also mentioned on our Open
> Collections page) would also not be a right signal. After discussing the
> matter further with Adam Green, we have now added a disclaimer text at the
> bottom of the blog, stating our awareness of the issue, and inviting
> everyone to participate in discussing it further at OKfestival:
> *The OpenGLAM working group would like to add that, although we very much
> appreciate collections being made available under an open license such as
> CC-BY, we also value the principle of keep digital representations of works
> for which copyright has expired (public domain) in the public domain by not
> adding new rights to them following digitisation. We understand that this
> is a difficult matter, which has been discussed quite extensively on our
> mailing list and elsewhere recently. That is why we are organising a
> workshop at OKFestival entitled ‘Maintaining a healthy and thriving Public
> Domain – exploring the notion of originality and copyright when digitising
> analogue works‘. We invite everyone to join in our discussion, so that we
> can come to a common approach on how to deal with this topic in the future.*
> Hoping you are all OK with this approach, and looking forward to the
> OKFest session!
> Best regards, Lieke Ploeger
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