Opening Access to Works in the Public Domain at Yale University

In May 2011, Yale announced a groundbreaking new policy on open access to digital representations of works in the public domain. Yale's policy represents a departure from preceding efforts in that no license is required for, nor any limitations imposed upon, the use of digital images of works in the public domain. This panel examined how Yale arrived at the current policy, including the institutional climate, the collaboration between collections across the University - from museum to library and archive collections - that gave rise to the policy, as well as the boons and challenges of implementing the policy since its inception. Panelists also explored the advantages and challenges of implementing the policy across collections in the University in the policy's inaugural year, from interpreting and communicating the policy internally and externally, to developing shared digital infrastructure to support the policy from the technical perspective. Presenters: Melissa Gold Fournier, Associate Registrar and Manager of Imaging Services, Yale Center for British Art John ffrench, Director of Visual Resources, Yale University Art Gallery Chris Edwards, Digital Studio Manager, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Presented Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at the Museum Computer Network Conference in Seattle, WA.