May 21, 2022

New Resource: The Copyright Cortex Launches, Dedicated to Copyright and Digital Cultural Heritage

From Europeana Pro:

Today, the British Library hosts the launch of  The Copyright Cortex, a new online, open access, resource dedicated to copyright and digital cultural heritage. The Copyright Cortex has been developed to provide libraries, archives, museums and other memory institutions with information and expert commentary on how copyright law affects the creation, management and use of digital cultural heritage.



First and foremost, the Cortex is a catalogue. It brings together a wide range of material relating to copyright and digital cultural heritage: scholarly publications, practical guidance, policy documentation, and real-world case studies. The Cortex brings this material into one digital space, organized under three broadly defined headings: Research, Tools & Resources, and Policy & Evidence. At present, open content is prioritized, including only catalogue material that is publicly accessible online.


Second, accompanying the catalogue is an open access text for cultural heritage practitioners: Copyright and Digital Cultural Heritage. This resource is free to read online, and free to download. When complete (10 of 15 planned chapters are currently available), it will provide a comprehensive introduction to copyright law for UK-based memory institutions, focussing specifically on how copyright impacts access to and use of digital cultural heritage materials within and across national borders.

But, The Copyright Cortex does more than comment on and collate information about copyright and digital cultural heritage. It also celebrates and promotes the use of open content and collections. Catalogue entries are illustrated with images from collections that have been made openly available by cultural heritage institutions around the world. Images are randomly allocated to catalogue cards, so every time you visit your experience will be different. And, like the use of images, the choice of typeface celebrates open content. The principal typeface used for Cortex content is Cooper Hewitt, an open source typeface designed by Chester Jenkins and commissioned by the Cooper Hewitt museum.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.