So, what’s been happening in the OTTER copyright world recently? Well, this week I’ve been working on a great resource from our Geology department entitled Snowball Earth, which has required one of the most extensive sets of permissions requests so far. I’ve looked at many, many pictures of the earth from NASA JPL/Caltech and received positive responses from as far afield as Australia (thank you PIRSA).
I’ve also been liaising with our Student Support and Development Service (SSDS) about their broad range of award-winning*resources covering everything from Research, Writing and Study Skills, to Career Planning and Applying for jobs.
Straight after the Christmas break the Beyond Distance Research Alliance had their annual Learning Futures Festival, an eight day, purely online conference, at which OTTER held two workshops, and my colleagues gave a variety of presentations. All will be available soon via our new OER institutional repository http://www2.le.ac.uk/projects/oer. Amongst other things, one conclusion I came to following the conference is that more education is required about Creative Commons licensing and copyright in general.
I was pleased to find out this week that JISC have released some new copyright guides: http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/blog/entry/all-you-need-to-know-about-copyright/ which explain copyright in general, and in relation to audio visual resources and still images.
Last week I attended a great CILIP event called Copyright in the Web 2.0 Environment. I came back knowing a lot more than I did about the ownership of material in blogs and wikis and was introduced to the concept of content scraping (not a term I particularly like!). Sadly it didn’t cover Second Life, which would have been useful for my colleagues, who have so far managed to run a Sports Day, a psychology training exercise, and give a presentation through the virtual world, but I’m sure there’s one in the pipeline. It would also useful for our Swift (Second World Immersive Future Teaching) project.
Next on the horizon, apart from checking and clearing the last sets of material from our partners, is preparation for OER10 in Cambridge in March, at which my colleague Sahm Nikoi and I have been accepted to give an oral presentation. These last few months of OTTER will not be quiet……..
By Tania Rowlett, 4 Feb 2010
*They won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Student Support 2009-10