Now that you have been introduced to the broad range of content that can be considered open, it is important to recognize the details that can help you navigate them. These clues and tools can help you determine whether some of that online content is, in fact, open, how you can use it, and if there are any restrictions.
1. Ways to Spot Open Content
Use this resource: Recognizing Licensed Works to spot key factors that can help you determine whether content is CC Licensed. Where else can you think of putting license information on a website or a blog? Add other recommendations in the comments below.
Search for specific terms on the page. If you press Control + F you can type in terms to search for. Look for "Creative Commons", "Copyright", "Open" etc. to locate information that might help you here.
2. Determine Whether the Resource is Open
Look at three or more of the sources below and determine where on the spectrum of open vs. non-open they sit.
Public Library of Science
New York Times
MIT Open CourseWare
3. Why Open Resources?
Now that you have explored a few resources and have a better sense of identifying open and non-open content, here is a series of case studies conducted by Creative Commons on licensed websites and projects. Explore two or three of these broad range of case studies on open content. Looking at these resources can give you a better idea of why people choose to license works and how it might impact their community and field.
Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
University of Michigan Library
OR view The Power of Open Epublication and pick a few cases from there.
Share and Discuss!
Now that you have been given tools to help you determine open vs. non open content and you looked at a variety of sources and topics that ranged on the spectrum of open and non open, share your thoughts with others in a blog post, social media, or in person.
Consider some of these questions for blog topics or conversation starters:
What thought-provoking or interesting ideas stuck out in these resources?
How does open content and Creative Commons licensing influence your work?
How are different types of media valued as open content?
Who should you ask? Anyone. If you're a librarian, ask your fellow librarians. If you're a student ask your teachers or peers. If you're a teacher, ask your students! There are no limits, but let us know who you asked and what they said.
Once you have initiated a discussion or shared some new interesting facts you have learned with others, share the link to your post and/or reflections here.
Were others surprised by an interesting fact? Curious to learn more about what you shared with them?
Conduct your own case study. Follow the general template of the Creative Commons ones above.
Pick an organization, individual, community, or resource you are familiar with or want to learn more about. Make sure the organization is using and supporting open content in its mission or in the activities it engages in.
Highlight their license usage and commitment to openness.
Research their motivations, choices, and mission and values.
Highlight how their activity is impacting openness, education, and the digital community.
Share their resources you explored and used to create your case study.
Share it below or post it on your blog and share the link!