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Friday, May 25, 2007

More OA archaeology

Wessex Archaeology adopts Creative Commons license for photos, Past Thinking, May 24, 2007.  (Thanks to Jo Cook.)

[Disclaimer: I work for Wessex Archaeology]

Wessex Archaeology have just announced that they will be using a Creative Commons license for the 600+ photos that they have on Flickr and in their gallery.

Let’s hope that other heritage organisations follow suit. The “All Rights Reserved” copyright model is very restrictive when you study and record the past, and want to share some of that work with others to aid and encourage further learning.

By adopting the Creative Commons “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0? license, they are actively saying to people “we want you to use our photos”. Which for a heritage organisation, is fairly novel!