[open-bibliography] Fwd: LibraryCloud university of florida

Adrian Pohl adrian.pohl at okfn.org
Mon Mar 21 13:45:32 GMT 2011


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[1] 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.[2]

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[3] 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.


[1] See http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/23830

[2] 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

[3] 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.
> J.
> 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
>> --
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>> University of Notre Dame
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