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With the support of a one-year Foundations planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the seven women’s colleges once known as the “Seven Sisters” launch College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education ( ).

Virtual exhibition:


Among German university presses we have an ongoing
discussion whether it is economically wise to publish scholarly books
under a CC-license permitting commercial use (cc-by-sa, cc-by-nd and
cc-by). There are reasonable arguments pro and contra.

The presses doing it already as a default mode (f.e. KIT Publishig,
Goettingen University Press) are convinced that the integrity of the
content and the book as such is maintained best through other modes
than a restrictive open access license. After thorough analysis we
decided to trust in:

a) scientific standards (as a scientist working with material from
peers, one either indicates "own translation" or seeks permission from
author; one doesn't distort texts from peers as that is a scholarly

b) in continental European copyright that enables authors/creators to
prohibit garbling or distortion of the creation (a miserable Kindle
edition f.e. could be interpreted as an wrongful distortion; as a
rights-owner I'd make vendors aware that it needs to be corrected or
taken down)

c) in the strength of our brands (trademark law gives us exclusive
rights to sell products under our name)

and d) in the field we're playing on. Scientific books from university
presses usually serve the purpose of P2P communication. This ain't the field of generating hit-and-run profits as the entire field operates against a backdrop of reputation and long-standing relations, among authors, editors and their presses, among presses, vendors and libraries.

So far we didn't need to persecute any infringements, hence we will
continue with the chosen licensing policy.

In our perspective the advantages of libre licenses outweigh the
potential risks. Although there is no robust evidence yet we are
convinced that books in their printed and online form benefit from
widest dissemination. And dissemination of scientific books shouldn't
come to a full stop once it reaches the realm of the "commercial".
Although several authors think so, "commercial use" isn't necessarily
a profit-maximising enterprise. Any given player in the internet
relying on generating revenues exercises commercial use. We don't want to exclude databases, contexts, connections, whether existing or yet unknown, solely because they involve financial flows with a commercial nature.


Margo Bargheer

Leitung Elektronisches Publizieren ǀ Head of Electronic Publishing
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen
State and University Library Goettingen

"Most weekdays we pick one Creative Commons licensed ebook to promote. Today we're promoting four books from Contumax. is a website dedicated to the development of sustainable funding and distribution for Creative Commons and other freely licensed books. We are compiling a comprehensive catalog of these books while offering authors and publishers new ways to make their efforts sustainable. We recently launched "Thanks for Ungluing" which lets creators ask readers for support for free works on our download link pages and from inside the books.

Thank you for using Creative Commons licenses!

Eric Hellman "

The Guggenheim is donating 100 of its artworks’ images to Wikipedia. “On May 19, the Guggenheim will host its second Wikipedia “edit-a-thon” and is donating 100 images of artworks from its collection to Wikipedia. During the event, participants at the museum and online will add information about these artworks and the artists who created them, including Edgar Degas, Paul Klee, and Vincent Van Gogh, to Wikipedia, the world’s largest free source of knowledge.”

From Shanghai Daily: a look at how museums in China are putting their archives online. “The Shaanxi History Museum in the northwestern city of Xi’an has been a pioneer in using a digital platform for exhibiting antiques. So far, 208 public and private museums and memorials in Shaanxi Province have opened online exhibition halls.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, The New York Times looks at a pioneering museum, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. “By 2020, the museum intends to digitize all one million objects in its collection — from masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer to Delft pottery, silk brocade gowns and matchlock muskets. Today, 25 percent of the museum’s collection, including nearly all of its paintings, is freely available for download in high-resolution on, with new images being added every day.”

"The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)® is a resource containing more than 650,000 names and biographical information for current and historical artists, architects, patrons, workshops, firms, museums, and other people and groups associated with the creation and history of art, architecture, and other works of cultural heritage. "

"This case highlights the extreme threats posed to privacy and civil liberties by familial DNA searches and by private, unregulated DNA databases. People should be able to learn about their ancestors and relatives and about possible risks for genetic diseases without fear that their data will be shared with the cops without their consent. However, Usry’s case shows that we can’t count on private companies’ internal policies to keep our private data safe, and we should think twice before sharing our genetic information with a third party."

Thanks to M. Schmalenstroer.

Update: AGB

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