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The 2018 Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC18) will be held on November 8-9th at St. Catherine University campus, St. Paul, Minnesota. The UMDCC provides opportunities for digital collections creators and curators in the region and beyond to network, share best practices, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn from leaders in digital cultural heritage.  
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Thursday, November 8 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Don't Be Wrong About Rights

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Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops, though not required. This is a paid pre-conference workshop that you must register for.

What kind of information do you currently provide to users about who may own rights in items in your collections, and how those items can be used? How confident are you in that information? Rightsstatements.org provides new tools you can use to more accurately represent the rights status of materials in your collection. RightsStatements.org is a joint initiative of Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) that has developed a simple, standardized system of labels that more clearly communicate the copyright and re-use status of digital objects to the public. Adding these labels to your collections will improve usability and access for users while increasing the depth of your organizational metadata.

This workshop will provide an overview of some of the basic background copyright issues, a detailed review of the Rights Statements labels, and offer workflows and other suggestions for implementing the labels with your digital collections. Expect to confront some complex processes - it can be quite challenging to track down the information needed to assess who, if anyone, owns the rights to an item. Expect some uncertainties - it is frequently not possible to get a perfectly clear idea who might own the copyright in an item. But also expect some fun and surprises - we've encountered a 1905 photograph that is likely in copyright until at least 2031, and some tourist brochures from the mid-1970s that are almost certainly in the public domain!  

Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm CST
128 (Media viewing room) Coeur de Catherine