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    Copyright Solutions Workshop

    October 10th, 2007

    Today I ran a copyright workshop at the RSC SW VLE Forum in Taunton.

    An interactive version of the workshop can be found online at the JISC Collections website.

    Useful links

    UK Intellectual Property – Government-backed home of UK Intellectual Property on the Internet. Resources on Copyright, Designs, Patents and Trade Marks.

    CLA – The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd. The CLA is a non profit-making company that licenses organisations for photocopying and scanning from magazines, books and journals.

    NLA – Newspaper Licencing Agency. The NLA operating on behalf of the UK’s national and regional newspapers the NLA licenses organisations to take legal copies of newspaper articles;

    Crown Copyright – Guidance on the use of Crown copyright protected materials.

    JISC Legal – a free information service offering high quality legal information to further and higher education relating to the use of information and communications technologies.

    Creative Commons provides free tools for authors, artists, and educators to mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry.


    RSC South West VLE Forum

    October 10th, 2007

    I am currently at the RSC SW VLE Forum.

    This is a really nice event, in which VLE developers and managers from across the South West get together, not just for chatting but to listen to presentations and now and again workshop activities.

    Even though Gloucestershire College is advanced in terms of embedding their VLE into teaching and learning, it is always useful to go because I have found out things that I didn’t know, always learning something new.


    JISC Digitisation Conference Presentations

    July 22nd, 2007

    The presentations from the JISC Digitisation Conference 2007 are now available from the conference blog. This will be useful as (obviously) I couldn’t attend all the parallel sessions and there were quite a few I wanted to attend.


    Attending a digital images workshop

    July 20th, 2007

    I am currently attending a workshop on digital images at the JISC Digitisation Conference.

    It is a technical briefing on capture, conversion and workflow.

    Nigel Goldsmith, the TASI Technical Research Officer is talking about images, RAW format, Adobe’s Digital Negative format and JPEG2000.

    Outlining many of the problems with JPEG2000 and why it isn’t widely used or supported.

    It’s quite interesting.


    A connected conference

    July 19th, 2007

    What is nice about this JISC Conference is the connectivity. There is free wireless access, this means that you can access the websites mentioned in presentations, the conference blog (to read entries on presentations and workshops you missed), e-mail (so less of a pain when you get back to the office), you can blog and micro blog. You can upload photographs to Flickr and view others’ del.icio.us links from the conference.

    Of course laptop batteries never last, but at this conference there are power points to plug your laptop in.

    There is a conference blog and a conference wiki.

    Makes a conference easier to digest and reflect upon.