[Koalicja-l] Fwd: [Communia-members] Europeana Public Domain Charter

Bożena Bednarek-Michalska b.michalska w bu.uni.torun.pl
Czw, 15 Kwi 2010, 12:32:08 CEST

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     Data: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 12:18:28 +0200
       Od: Paul Keller <pk w kl.nl>
    Temat: [Communia-members] Europeana Public Domain Charter
       Do: communia-members w lists.communia-project.eu

Dear all,

as some of you may have seen Europeana has published the the Europeana  
Public Domain Charter yesterday (available at  
http://version1.europeana.eu/web/europeana-project/publications see  
the announcement to Europeana members below). This charter has once  
started as the sibling of our public domain manifesto (the initial  
version was forked from an early version of the PD manifesto somewhen  
in the summer of 2009). Since then the charter has evolved  
considerably to accommodate for the specific perspective of Europeana  
and its contributors and is specifically addressing questions that are  
relevant to cultural (and scientific) heritage institutions.

While some parts of the charter are somewhat 'weaker' than the  
manifesto the overall message of the charter is very much in line with  
the manifesto. As the manifesto the charter makes a strong argument  
for the need to preserve the vital role of the Public Domain in the  
digital environment.

As far as i am concerned it is quite remarkable that many of the  
positions taken by the Public Domain manifesto have been adopted by an  
organization as big and complex as Europeana and for me this  
illustrates the impact that our - relatively humble - thematic network  
can have.

Please help spreading the Public Domain Charter (if you are in a  
position o do so) and feel free to send your feedback to this list  
(and to europeana at info w europeana.eu)

all the best from amsterdam,
Paul Keller

Begin forwarded message:

> Today Europeana officially publishes the Public Domain Charter
> <http://version1.europeana.eu/web/europeana-project/publications>.
> It takes a strong position in support of the Public Domain, saying that:
> * Europeana belongs to the public and must represent the public interest.
> * The Public Domain is the material from which society creates cultural
> understanding and knowledge. Having a thriving Public Domain is essential to
> economic and social well-being.
> * Digitisation of Public Domain content does not create new rights  
> over it. Works
> that are in the Public Domain in analogue form continue to be in the  
> Public Domain
> once they have been digitised.
> The Charter is published in French, German, English, Polish, Spanish  
> and Italian.
> It's important to Europeana that all our partners recognise the  
> issues involved in
> the Public Domain Charter, and promote its main points to funding bodies,
> policy-makers, and their own professional networks throughout Europe.
> The Charter is published by the Europeana Foundation, our governing body (now
> completing its name change from the EDL Foundation). The Charter is a policy
> statement, not a contract. It doesn't bind any of Europeana's  
> content providers. It
> recognises the dilemma in which heritage institutions find  
> themselves. Our partners'
> drive to digitise and make Public Domain content accessible is tempered by a
> recognition of the costs involved, and the need to arrive at the  
> most appropriate
> agreements with those who are willing and able to fund digitisation  
> programmes -
> including the private sector.
> We are developing plans to label the rights associated with a  
> digitised item very
> clearly so that they are understood by Europeana's users, who will be able to
> exclude content from their results that requires payment or doesn't  
> comply with the
> Public Domain Charter. Rights labelling will become a requirement  
> when submitting
> content to Europeana by the end of this year.
> While Public-Private Partnerships are an important means of getting content
> digitised, the Charter recommends that deals are non-exclusive, for  
> very limited
> time periods, and don't take material out of the Public Domain.
> The majority of our partner organisations have for generations held  
> a mandate to
> conserve the cultural and scientific heritage, and make it  
> accessible to the public.
> Benefiting the user is the primary objective in any negotiation to  
> digitise public
> domain content. Europeana's Public Domain Charter takes a pragmatic  
> approach, making
> recommendations and offering guidance to policy makers and funding  
> bodies as well as
> heritage content holders.
> The Charter is published by the Europeana Foundation to represent the content
> holders' perspective. It has been developed through extensive  
> consultation with
> stakeholders and is published in support of the recent Public Domain  
> Manifesto
> <http://publicdomainmanifesto.org> . The Manifesto represents the  
> content users'
> perspective and is published by Communia <http://communia-project.eu/members
> > , a group of educational and research bodies, consumer agencies,  
> technology developers
> and think tanks.
> The Europeana Foundation is made up of the associations that  
> represent the interests
> of Europe's cultural heritage institutions:
> *         ACE                       Association Cinémathèques Européennes
> *         CENL                    Conference of European National Librarians
> *         CERL                    Consortium of European Research Libraries
> *         EMF                       European Museum Forum
> *         EURBICA              European Regional Branch of Intl.  
> Council on Archives
> *         FIAT                       Intl. Federation of Television Archives
> *         IASA                      International Association of  
> Sound and Audiovisual Archives
> *         ICOM Europe        International Council of Museums Europe
> *         LIBER                    Ligue des Bibliothèques  
> Européennes de Recherche
> *         MICHAEL               Multilingual Inventory of Cultural  
> Heritage in Europe

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