Report: Are the Creative Commons Public Domain Tools Fit-For-Purpose in the Cultural Heritage Sector (A New Needs Assessment From CC)
From Creative Commons:
Today Creative Commons is proud to release our report on the Needs Assessment entitled Are the Creative Commons Public Domain Tools Fit-For-Purpose in the Cultural Heritage Sector?.
From 1 January (Public Domain Day) to 15 February 2022, we ran a multilingual online survey using Google Forms to share a 50-question questionnaire in English, French and Spanish. We received responses from 133 field practitioners — working in libraries, museums and archives and other areas of open culture — from 44 different countries on five continents.
With this report, we gain valuable insight into the unique needs and challenges of the cultural heritage community with regard to our public domain tools: the public domain mark (PDM) and the public domain dedication tool (CC0).
Key findings include:
- The top reason to release content openly is to “increase the institution’s presence, visibility, reach and relevance online.”
- While about a little less than a third share a small part of the collection with CC0 or PDM, only about 4% share their entire collection with either tool.
- The CC website is by far the number one source of information on CC public domain tools.
- About one third do not know which of CC0 or PDM is better to use to release digital reproductions of items in collections.
- 72% see how CC public domain tools can make a difference in how the institution shares its collection.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.