[open-bibliography] Fwd: LibraryCloud university of florida
kcoyle at kcoyle.net
Mon Mar 21 14:12:19 GMT 2011
This comes out of the OCLC record re-use policy, and Florida is
essentially exercising the same initiative as U Michigan did. The OCLC
policy says that OCLC makes no claim over records that the library
itself created, and therefore the library, if it can identify those
records, can do whatever it wants with them without any of the
limitations in the policy. So this action has to do with the OCLC
policy, which does not allow re-use of other records from their
The fact that they have added a license to each record should probably
not be read as any assumption about copyright and bibliographic data.
They are trying to make their records that are not limited by the OCLC
policy available. This is a Good Thing. To do so, they needed to 1)
identify those records and 2) let others downstream identify those
records. They've done so with a note field carrying the CC license.
They didn't provide an export because they didn't think it would be
useful. Some of us have suggested it to them. The export would most
likely be in MARC format. Should we continue to press them on this?
Quoting Adrian Pohl <adrian.pohl at okfn.org>:
> I don't know whether this really is a "data release". What is licensed
> are individual records and no full data dumps. As far as I know
> Florida University library didn't provide an export of records with a
> waiver (yet).
> As in the past it always were catalog dumps that were licensed, this
> is the first case that an open license is attached to individual
> records. I think that a Public Domain Mark would be more
> appropriate for this use case as everything speaks for individual
> bibliographic records being public domain, at least if they don't
> contain abstracts. By attaching a waiver to data originally created by
> Florida university library staff they implicitely state that you CAN
> claim copyright on individual records.
> I would like to know what is the goal of this initiative. Does anybody
> on this list know more about its background? Openly licensing
> individual records doesn't prevend OCLC or any other agent from
> aggregating records into another catalog and copyrighting this
> collection. The legal status of the whole simply doesn't derive from
> the status of its parts. Thus, legally, you can claim intellectual
> copyright on a collection of openly licensed material. OCLC themselves
> has made clear they aren't claiming intellectual property rights on
> single records.
> I think, it's the licensing of collections of data, of whole catalogs
> that really matters. Convention shows that single records were and are
> always treated as if they were public domain so we don't have to fight
> for this anymore. The Principles on Open Bibliographic Data take
> this into account as they explicitely refer to collections. It would
> be great if the University of Florida library would publish a dump of
> all public domain records under CC0.
>  See http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/23830
>  See 2 C. of the "WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC
> Cooperative": "OCLC claims copyright rights in WorldCat as a
> compilation, it does not claim copyright ownership of individual
> records." http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/recorduse/policy/default.htm
>  http://openbiblio.net/principles/
> 2011/3/21 Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org>:
>> Thanks very much for this Tim! Great news.
>> Adrian, Mark: shall we put an item about this on openbiblio.net? We
>> could tag things like this 'data releases' or something. This would
>> also be *very* useful to have as an archive.
>> On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM, Tim Spalding <tim at librarything.com> wrote:
>>> Eric Lease Morgan said I could send this, which went to another
>>> list we're on:
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: Eric Lease Morgan <eric.lease.morgan at gmail.com>
>>> Date: Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM
>>> Subject: LibraryCloud university of florida
>>> The following from the University of Florida may be of interest to
>>> the group:
>>> Beginning March 2011, the University of Florida Smathers
>>> Libraries implemented a policy to include a Creative Commons
>>> license in all of its original cataloging records. The records
>>> are considered public domain with unrestricted downstream use for
>>> any purpose.
>>> The following MARC 588 field (Source of Description Note) is
>>> added to new records contributed to WorldCat. It has not been
>>> added retrospectively to University of Florida original records
>>> in WorldCat.
>>> 588::|a This bibliographic record is available under a
>>> Creative Commons CC0 license. The University of Florida
>>> Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has
>>> waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law,
>>> including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent
>>> allowed by law.
>>> The University of Florida OPAC (a Solr/Lucene search engine) is
>>> configured to display a Creative Commons CC0 license statement
>>> based on the presence of a University of Florida OCLC symbol in
>>> the MARC 040 field |a. The specified 040 |a is mapped to the
>>> originalcataloger_text field in the Solr/Lucene record if it
>>> exists in incoming records. This allows the statement to be
>>> displayed in the OPAC for original records retrospectively, i.e.,
>>> records without the 588 field, and appear in RSS feeds.
>>> See http://bit.ly/hAsh7Y
>>> Eric Lease Morgan
>>> University of Notre Dame
>>> Check out my library at http://www.librarything.com/profile/timspalding
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>>> open-bibliography at lists.okfn.org
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