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Monday, March 31, 2008

Will JISC/NEH projects be openly licensed?

Andy Powell, Open cultural heritage, eFoundations, March 29, 2008.

JISC have announced five new digitisation projects, funded jointly with USís National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Looking at the announcement text, I am slightly worried about the licences under which the resulting digitised resources will be made available. ... I, for one, would feel reassured if such things were made more explicit. ...

Based on the minimal information provided about the five projects, only one explicitly mentions the use of Creative Commons, one mentions the development of open source software and one talks about results being freely available (though as mentioned above, being free and being open are two different things). ...