When providing access to material
  • Where possible, use open preservation standards and technologies to limit the impact of obsolete technologies.
  • Similarly, use standardised licences (such as Creative Commons licences) where possible. This helps to ensure your material is legally compatible for use with other material and minimises licence proliferation (ie the development of thousands of almost-but-not-quite identical licences).
  • Include as much copyright information as possible in metadata, making it available for the institution and users. This makes it easier for people to identify material appropriate for their uses and enables users to make their own copyright determinations. Including the copyright status of an item as a search parameter further enhances such benefits.
  • Include attribution guidelines, statements or tools (eg building attribution into downloadable files) to encourage best practice acknowledgment of and linking back to the institution.
  • Provide clear contextual information about material and guidelines on cultural sensitivities on the institution’s website to discourage misuse/prevent material from being misconstrued.
  • Following the example of Wikipedia and YouTube establish reporting systems for users to report abuse rather than relying solely on institution moderation to manage user generated content such as comments and tagging. This reduces costs and staff requirement, encourages more user participation, and avoids the impression that the institution has ‘approved’ moderated content.
  • Actively ‘seed’ museum resources on popular sites such as Wikipedia and YouTube to increase their profile while at the same time ensuring accurate contextual information and best practice attribution and linking.
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