Automation and Streamlining Licensing

MOCA-Post-Event-web-banner_webThank you for making this such a successful event!

The Event held on 25th November marked the launch of the Copyright Hubkeys to Oxford University Images, the first of the Cultural Heritage sector to pilot this innovative approach to licensing and appeared to be enjoyed and appreciated by attendees from the cultural heritage sector.  One wrote afterwards, “Very many thanks for such an interesting afternoon at Digital Catapult last week. It is a tremendous project with such vision and ambition and I will discuss with colleagues [to see] how we might get involved.”

Richard Hooper CBE, Chair of Copyright Hub Foundation introduced the event and MOCA’s Andrea Stern gave us the nuts and bolts of how to enable the Hubkeys in your collection.  This was followed by Dominic Young demonstrating how the Copyright Hub identifiers work with Oxford University Images, and their Head of Publications, Anne Brunner-Ellis expressed her thanks and delight at the way the Hubkeys work, the future opportunities they will offer, and the way in which the project was managed by MOCA.

MOCA was delighted to host this event with Copyright Hub who provided this terrific venue at the offices of Digital Catapult in central London. As a user case with the Copyright Hub, it has been exciting to bring the cultural heritage sector into this innovative programme which values the rights holder and makes creative life simpler.

After the presentation and a networking break, Ben White, Grant Young and John Stack, presented their experiences of digitisation from camera to screen and what this means in terms of access and opportunity both to internal and external users. Abbie Enock of Capture Ltd took us on an engaging journey through copyright cyberspace to the planets Licensing, Security and Standards, with Unknown Flying Assets and satellites Confusion and Safe Landing.  The panel was ably moderated by Linda Royles with humour and agility.  All expressed a concern with the difficulty of keeping a tag on images, an area of work that Richard Hooper is determined to reinvigorate – preventing metadata stripping. And then the wine flowed and the olives and treats took over.

MOCA would like to thank all of you who attended and our sponsors and speakers who gave time and thought to their highly illustrative presentations.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Your speakers were:

Ben White, Head of IP at British Library

Ben WhiteBen is active in the Intellectual Property field within the UK having sat on a number of bodies including the BBC’s Creative Archive Advisory Board, the UK Government’s Creative Economy Programme (Competition and Intellectual Property), i2010 Digital Libraries Programme, CBI Intellectual Property Board as well as the Institute of Public Policy Research’s Advisory Board on Intellectual Property and the Public Sphere.

The British Library has many years’ experience digitising its collections. These projects include both the British Library working with partners, as well as embarking on its own digitisation projects. Whereas recent legislative changes in the UK and the EU may facilitate more in-copyright digitisation projects the management of digital information in an online world inevitably requires the increased use of identifiers to track and manage information.

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Abbie Enock, CEO Capture Ltd


Founder of Capture and CEO, Abbie Enock, is an acknowledged expert in the world of content licensing sitting on a number of industry Boards and organisations.  Abbie is the originator, writer and programmer of Capture software – although nowadays she has an experienced 28-strong team with 250 years’ collective industry experience to assist!

Abbie has worked as an international photo-journalist and was manager of Travel Ink, an in-house photo and features library from 1988 to 2013 (later rebranded as LatitudeStock). She also managed a contract publishing business and in 2000 conceived and established the technology company, Capture Ltd.

Capture is a leader in digital asset management, rights, licensing, metadata, keywording and royalties whose clients number household names and embraces a large footprint in the cultural sector.

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Grant Young, Head of Digital Content, Cambridge University Library


Grant heads the Digital Content Unit at Cambridge University Library, which undertakes strategic and commercial digitisation and licensing for the Library. He also provides leadership in the areas of digital humanities and digital preservation. Before joining Cambridge in 2008, Grant worked for the JISC, providing advice, training and consultancy on digitisation. He has a background in the humanities and library management.

Digitisation is an important means for Cambridge University Library to provide access to its content and enable it to be used effectively within teaching and learning or research – or to reach wider publics and stimulate creative applications. There is now an expectation that content will be accessible digitally and a risk that collections that are not yet digitised become invisible and neglected. How do we manage the risks around copyright in an environment which is moving from passive consumption of content to one where reuse and mixing of content is the norm?

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John Stack, Digital Director, Science Museum Group

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John Stack joined the Science Museum Group in 2015 and is responsible for setting and delivering the group’s digital strategy.  Prior to this he was Head of Digital at Tate for ten years and before that, an editor at Phaidon Press.

For me, digital authoring tools, access to digital content and digital delivery platforms are leading to an explosion in creativity on an enormous scale. Audiences for cultural organisations are no longer passive they are active in the creation and distribution of knowledge and interpretation of heritage collections. This is leading to extensive reuse of digitised collections. (Tate’s online collection attracts 40% of its online visitors with 22% of those downloading an image). With digitised images of cultural collections being republished by audiences it is increasingly important that it is clear what audiences can and cannot do with these digital assets.

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