Tag Archives: creative commons

Omeka & Bibliographic Research

Posted on July 5, 2013 by

My project, Documenting Carreño, is built in an open-source web-publishing platform called Omeka. If you’re wondering why I decided to choose Omeka rather than the many other platforms available to me, you can check out a presentation I gave in May 2013 about using Omeka and geo-spatial tools (with overviews of a few other options). Essentially, Omeka is a multimodal system for content management, collections management, and archival digital collections; it is also flexible and user-friendly. If you’re interested in tutorials that range from installing to creating content within Omeka, there are some great ones already out there (so I won’t recreate the wheel). Miriam Posner’s posts and handy pdf will get you started using Omeka.net, or you can view screencasts on Omeka.org (for version 1.0+). There is also a more advanced tutorial from the Scholars’ Lab on installing Omeka using Amazon Web Services. There are two options for those interested in creating a project in Omeka, you can sign up for Omeka.net, which is a hosted service that comes pre-installed with several plugins or you can install and implement the full system from Omeka.org on a server or hosted service (i.e. Dreamhost). Here’s a comparison list of Omeka.net vs. Omeka.org. I chose to use the self-hosted version from Omeka.org because it allows me to customize the site as I wish, as well as implement any of the plugins created for Omeka. (more…)


Author’s rights

Posted on June 8, 2013 by

Today I read the post from University of Michigan’s Associate University Librarian for Publishing, John Wilkin, about University of Michigan Press’ new author’s agreement. This type of an agreement  is an enormous step in the right direction and I hope that more publishers move towards similar changes. As a librarian and scholar, I am not only interested in educating others about retaining their rights as authors, but have recently entered into these discussions myself as an author. It always seems easier when you’re on the other side explaining it to someone else, but once you are the author and have to negotiate with a publisher, it can get tricky. How do you explain to a traditional publisher that you want to not only retain your copyright so that you can re-use your content, deposit it in an institutional repository or (like me) add a digital project that would precede your printed edition, which would of course be under a creative commons license? UMPress is proposing four changes related to retention of author’s copyright, institutional repository deposit, adoption of creative commons license, and commitment to archiving. I hope that other publishers will soon follow UMPress’ path and consider these as serious options for their authors.