[Humanist] 29.553 surveys: 'orphan' works; what digital humanists do

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 553.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Melissa Terras <m.terras at ucl.ac.uk>                       (36)
        Subject: Survey on opinions of Orphan Works Registration Schemes

  [2]   From:    Barbara Bordalejo <bb268 at nyu.edu>                         (14)
        Subject: Digital Humanists at Work

        Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:05:56 +0000
        From: Melissa Terras <m.terras at ucl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Survey on opinions of Orphan Works Registration Schemes

Dear Colleagues,

We are carrying out research into the current implementation of Orphan Works Registration Schemes. We would be indebted if you could tell us your opinion of these via the survey link, below.



> From: Merisa Ariel Martinez <merisa.martinez at gmail.com>
> Subject: Survey on opinions of Orphan Works Registration Schemes
> Date: 15 December 2015 12:50:17 GMT

Dear colleagues,

I am conducting research with Professor Melissa Terras of University College London on the current provision of Orphan Works registration schemes and how they have been implemented. An 'Orphan Work' is one whose copyright holder cannot be located, but which is still in copyright ( based on its publication/creation date).  Recent legislation (Directive 2012/28/EU) passed in 2012 and enacted in late 2014 has led to the development of Orphan Works Registries in the UK and the EU. 

We would appreciate if you could answer some survey questions to help us in our research. This survey covers the UK registry, but may still be of value to respondents living and working in the EU or elsewhere, as the UK registry requires any Orphan Work which may have an as-yet-unidenfitied UK copyright holder to be registered and licensed in order to be legally viewed, displayed, replicated or incorporated digitally on websites accessible to the public in the United Kingdom. In other words, if you have an orphan work in your institution or incorporated into one of your digital projects, and you are not sure if it is either a) still in copyright or b) may have a UK copyright holder, you may be liable to register this work with the UK licensing scheme (and will need to provide evidence that you performed a diligent search for any possible known copyright holders).

The survey is available at the following web address: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OrphanWorksSurvey and, depending on your answers and level of familiarity with the UK scheme, may take about 20 minutes to complete. We would appreciate your insights into the current handling of Orphan Work registration schemes, even if you/your institution have chosen not to use them. The survey will be active until the end of January. 

In January, we will be conducting follow-up phone/skype/in-person interviews with a small selection of people who have filled out the survey. If you are interested in being one of the people we contact for a follow-up interview, please indicate this at the end of the survey.

Thank you so much in advance for filling out this survey. If you would be so kind as to spread this survey widely throughout your social media networks and list servs, we would appreciate it!

Merisa Martinez 
PhD Candidate | SSLIS at University of Borås <http://www.hb.se/en/The-Swedish-School-of-Library-and-Information-Science-SSLIS/>
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow | DiXiT ITN  http://dixit.uni-koeln.de/
Visiting Researcher | Cambridge Digital Library  http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/
Visiting Student | Cambridge HPS  http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/
@merisamartinez <https://twitter.com/merisamartinez>
On Dec 15, 2015, at 12:48 PM, Merisa Ariel Martinez <merisa.martinez at gmail.com <mailto:merisa.martinez at gmail.com>> wrote:

Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities
Vice Dean of Research, UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Professor of Digital Humanities
Department of Information Studies
Foster Court
University College London
Gower Street
Tel: 020-7679-7206 (direct), 020-7679-7204 (dept), 020-7383-0557 (fax)
Email: m.terras at ucl.ac.uk
Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/people/melissaterras  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/people/melissaterras
Blog: http://melissaterras.org
Twitter: @melissaterras

        Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 22:25:18 +0100
        From: Barbara Bordalejo <bb268 at nyu.edu>
        Subject: Digital Humanists at Work

Dear all,

Please excuse cross posting.

For an article exploring pluralism and diversity within Digital Humanities,
we are gathering data about digital humanists, their environment, and their

We have designed a very brief survey (it should take less than five minutes
to complete) and would like your help with it. If you can spare a few
minutes to fill up the answers, this will contribute to our understanding
of the field and of the people who work within it.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DHatWork

Thank you for your support,

Barbara Bordalejo
Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities
KU Leuven

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