So you want to reuse digital heritage content in a creative context? Good luck with that.

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Type: 
Blog
Author: 
Melissa Terras
Year: 
2014
Org.: 
London School of Economics and Political Science [LSE]
Language: 
English
Difficulty: 
Not Applicable
Tags: 
Kennisbank
Topics: 
 

Contents:

  • 1. So much stuff, such poor interfaces
  • 2. The shackles of Copyright, part 1: aesthetic
  • 3. The shackles of Copyright, part 2: cowardice
  • 4. Image quality
  • 5. Checking the maker privilege
  • Conclusion

In this blog the author, Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and Professor of Digital Humanities in UCL’s Department of Information Studies, mentions several obstacles that restrict users (from the general public) from reusing offered digital content in a creative context. She concludes with a plea to cultural heritage institutions to provide access to curated bundles of 300dpi images of cultural heritage content, freely and easily available, with clear licensing and attribution guidelines.  In the author's opinion, institutions could be doing so, so much more to help those wanting to use digitised content creatively.

Inspiring blog which challenges cultural heritage institutions to do much more to help users who want to use (reuse) the available digitised content creatively. Although the described case concerns digital images, the obstacles the author stumbles on are applicable for audiovisual digital collections as well, when no thorough attention is paid to these aspects.