New open licensing requirement for National Lottery Heritage Fund
The UK has a National Lottery Heritage Fund which funds heritage projects — from thousands to millions of pounds sterling — from the national lottery. Funded projects had not been required to release their content under free licences, but that changed recently. The fund have announced a new requirement that grant recipients release all digital outputs of funded projects under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence, or an equivalent. Code and metadata are to be be shared under a Creative Commons 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication, or equivalent.
They also recommended that no new claim of copyright be made over the reproduction of works already in the Public Domain.
They caveat the new requirement with "if grantees find that using our default licence would prevent them from being able to successfully deliver their project, we will of course work with them to find a solution" as well as offering to "support any current projects who would like to switch to the new licence".
The fund recently appointed Josie Fraser, former chair of the board of Wikimedia UK, as its Head of Digital Policy. The licensing review board that advised on this decision included Lucy Crompton-Reid, chief executive of Wikimedia UK.
Enamelled carriage that belonged to Bhavsinhji II
One new image was uploaded this month, but we are getting closer to doing a bulk upload of images (which has been delayed by COVID lockdown restrictions). A new article on the Khalili Collection of Spanish Metalwork has passed DYK review. A picture from the Khalili Collection of Japanese Art was a Featured Picture of the Day on Commons, prompting volunteers to translate the caption into fourteen additional languages.
Some of this month was spent writing about the Khalili Collection of Enamels of the World: one of his largest collections and one that spans Islamic, European, Chinese and Japanese cultures. Not many images from this collection have been uploaded so far, but the few uploaded have been used in articles on Bhavsinhji II, Maria Feodorovna and Feodor Rückert.
The plan for the project over the next few months is to bulk-upload images relating to the non-Islamic collections, then focus on the Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage collection, then the Islamic Art collection.
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