State And Local

SA Music
The State Library of South Australia is publishing digital scans of sheet music for public access and reuse via both the SA Music and Music Australia portals. The digitised collection includes a number of orphan works, which have been published with a disclaimer stating “where the copyright owner has not been able to be traced, or where the permission is still being sought, the Library has decided in good faith to proceed with digitisation and publication. The State Library invites persons who believe they are copyright owners to contact Library staff to discuss usage of this item.” There are plans to provide audio tracks for the music in future.

The Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museums is using Creative Commons licensing to allow reuse of museum-created content such as educational materials, photographs and collections documentation and data. This has encouraged the improvement of these resources by members of the public (eg by adding new data, identifying unknown materials etc) and their reuse on Wikipedia (see here)

Murdoch University Research Repository
Murdoch University provides an open access digital collection of research created by its staff and students, as part of the Australia Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) project. The open access focus was a core element of the project from the start, with significant support from the University’s administration, which saw value in the marketing, profile raising and cost efficiencies for the institution and its researchers. Having a firm policy up front significantly simplified the development process, with the focus being on lowering barriers for participation by making it easy for researchers to submit and showcase material. Researchers are not required to upload their material, but access statistics are published to create a competitive incentive for submission.

Historical Records Rescue Consortium
Since 2004 the HRRC consortium of interests groups has received multiple grants from LotteryWest to preserve historical records held in the J S Battye Library of West Australian History. As part of its application process, the HRRC undertook community consultation to determine demand, garner support and establish community priorities. Based on this consultation, the HRRC is prioritising historic newspapers, photographs and films. A selection of materials is being linked to the State Library of Western Australia's online catalogue for free online access for research and educational use.

The State Library of Victoria
The SLV is currently undertaking a large-scale digitisation and access project. Starting with public domain photographs, it is aiming to provide as much material as possible for free access without restrictions, including free high resolution downloads through its website. Material is to be marked as ‘in copyright’, ‘out of copyright’ or ‘unknown’ (see, for example, Group of miners cradling for gold). Specific statements will be included on sensitive material and orphan works, and a policy is in place for responding to copyright notifications and queries. SLV have found this pro-active permission approach provides significant efficiency gains, through reduction in administrative and staff costs associated with providing case-by-case permissions.

The Public Records Office of Victoria
The PROV is making a large number of documents available for free access online, including digitised versions of wills, probates and administration records from 1841-1925. A copyright and privacy assessment of the documents has been undertaken as part of their risk management. Although the materials are not explicitly provided under open access terms of use, there is no intention to try to prevent or charge for reuse. They also intend to allow user editing of automatic transcripts of handwritten documents.

The State Library of Queensland
The SLQ is digitising and providing free access to a range of public domain material from their collection. Their most prominent initiatives are:

  • their participation in Flickr Commons which has seen them upload more than 400 photographs under the ‘no known rights’ label; and
  • their provision of digitised versions of a number of historic novels through their catalogue, including Queensland’s first novel, The Curse and its Cure by T.P. Lucas

The Queensland Museum
In May 2010 the Queensland Museum launched its new website, providing access to more than 40,000 objects and specimens from its collection, including its significant biodiversity collection. As part of the launch, the Queensland Museum also made a number of its learning resources, including its downloadable teacher resources, available through its interactive Celebration of Culture portal, under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike licence, which allows distribution and remixing.

The Queensland Museums has also, as a trial, made 20 public domain images by Bert Roberts from its collection available for free download and reuse on Wikimedia’s open access database, Wiki Commons. The project was conceived after representatives of the Museum attended the GLAM-Wiki conference in Canberra in August 2009. Wiki Commons was chosen over other photo hosting sites such as Flickr due to its links to Wikipedia, which encourage the images to be directly incorporated into Wikipedia articles. The Museum has already had new information revealed about the photographs since posting them to Wiki Commons; however, it is still developing strategies to monitor usage and repurposing of free media files. See more here.

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