Author: tcsr529

IPR Workshops

Recently I attended two workshops, “OER IPR support online” and “Before you start; OER, IPR and Licensing”.

Both proved very useful in terms of reflecting on what as an institution we should be taking into consideration and providing detailed explanations on IPR/CC issues.

The speakers were excellent proving to be absolute experts in their fields.

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Academics Visited

I have started a series of one to one meetings with tutors delivering courses for the Ostrich project.  Meeting up with the tutors to offer copyright guidance at this stage of the project is intended to pre-empt future time intensive or expensive permission seeking.  The difficulty in seeking permission to re-use material under a creative commons licence, rather than in the more restricted in-house educational use we normally seek, could result in not being able to include dependent third party material.

Working with tutors and encouraging the use of material developed in-house or sourcing creative commons material will possibly create more work for the tutors and the media team at the development stage, but will result in a resource which is more secure and less of a legal headache at a later stage.

Also by using images created by a team of professional photographers and designers offers not only a higher quality resource but a more consistent style.

The meeting on 14th December with Louise Buxton, Programme leader in hairdressing and spa was to discuss the dependent material she intends to include in her module.

The discussion centred around good practice in using third party resources, linking to web pages and using images.

In Louise’s module there will be links to web pages, images and some essential published articles.  The tutor is proactive in substituting in-house material and will be working with the photography team to minimise permission seeking.

Louise is keen to replicate in-house photos on the retail module which uses images to illustrate the impact of displaying products, the displays use branded products. It isn’t essential to have the brands showing so we will replicate the image in-house without brands or trade marks showing.

I had a meeting with Chris Barnes, Lecturer in Psychology on 15th December to go through 5 presentations for the Ostrich project. We discussed whether the removal of some of the third party material would weaken the presentation in any way.  Most can be replaced with either generic images taken from Flickr under the same category of the CC licence we are using for the Ostrich project or replicated in-house.

The presentations use 46 images – 3 need to be copyright cleared, 2 need the ownership verified or retrospective permission for change of use, the tutor owns the copyright of the image and has permission for use in house but not open source

Some taken in hospital by the tutor (with permission) we need to remove any personal data so neither the subject or hospital can be identified

Images illustrating psychological testing can be replicated in-house by the photography team or by the tutor.

A couple of cartoons which were included but are not necessary will be removed.

The meetings have been useful in anticipating the workflow for permission seeking and developing a dialogue with the academics so that they are aware of the support available to them.