AOASG and Creative Commons Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

AOASG is delighted to have formed affiliations with both Creative Commons  Australia and  Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand.

Over the past year, the AOASG has changed its focus and its name from being purely Australian and focused on support (Australian Open Access Support Group) to being Australasian and with more of an emphasis on strategy (Australasian Open Access Strategy Group). As publishing changes globally, especially the move to a more open publishing world, the role of supporting infrastructure and standards such as licenses from Creative Commons becomes even more strategically important.


We already work with Creative Commons  in a number of ways. Last year we collaborated with Creative Commons  Australia on the production of a resource “Know your rights” to explain what the licenses mean for users. Together, we run regular online meet ups in Australia and New Zealand thus supporting communities of practices in both places.

creativecommonskiwi-300x278However, Creative Commons’ work in areas outside the remit of AOASG – such as the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums (GLAM) and schools  provides a welcome opportunity to reach out beyond the boundaries of traditional scholarly publishing. In return, we hope that the affiliation of Creative Commons  Australia and Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand with AOASG will reinforce the importance of licenses within the academic publishing community.

We look forward to more collaborations across the three organisations in future.


Rights statements for cultural heritage

Julia Hickie writes on the importance of the newly released Right Statements

rightsThe much-anticipated has just been released. It provides 11 standard rights statements to identify the copyright status of an item, and when there are extra restrictions or exceptions to re-use. It’s been developed with cultural heritage in mind but definitely extends to the research sector.

From the blog post:

“There are three categories of rights statements: Statements for works that are in copyright, statements for works that are not in copyright, and statements for works where the copyright status is unclear. The statements provide users with easy to understand, high-level information about the copyright and re-use status of digital objects.”

Like Creative Commons, is human and machine readable. There are citable URLs that can be included in metadata records. This is just the kind of URL that would go in the <license_ref> field proposed in last year’s NISO Access and License Indicators Recommended Practice. That’s the really exciting part for Trove as we hope to one day use this metadata, alongside CC licences, to power a ‘Rights’ facet.

I’m imagining a bright future where a researcher couldn’t be convinced to use a CC licence but was happy for educational use and so included one of these statements with their publication. A teacher then does a search restricted to articles that are ok for re-use in an educational context, and that article comes up.

Or even those specially digitised collections, where we will have one day added these statements and users will understand that the fact that knowing that copyright has expired is not enough.

The 11 statements are:

  • In Copyright
  • In Copyright – EU-Orphan work
  • In Copyright – Educational use permitted
  • In Copyright – Non-commerical use permitted
  • In Copyright – rights holders unlocatable or unidentifiable
  • No Copyright – Contractual restrictions
  • No copyright – Non-commercial use only
  • No copyright – other known legal restrictions
  • No copyright – United States
  • Copyright not evaluated
  • No known copyright

You can read more about on the Digital Public Library of America’s blog

Julia Hickie is the Co-Assistant Director, Trove, National Library of Australia