Thursday, January 15, 2009

Reminder - Orphan Works Survey (closes on Jan. 16)

Stuart Dempster is asking for more people to complete this survey (below). Note that the survey will close on January 16 (tomorrow).

Reminder - Orphan Works Survey

Many thanks to the 456 organisations (as of 14/01/09) who have already responded to the Collections Trust and Strategic Content Alliance survey on orphan works.

The survey aims to assess the impact of 'orphan works' (works for which the copyright owner is unknown or cannot be traced) on the delivery of services to library, archive, museum and information service users in the UK and Europe.

The closing date for completion of the survey is Friday 16th January 2009, so there is still plenty of time to get involved. The questionnaire is available at:

We are pleased to announce a second prize draw for £100 (or the equivalent in Euros) for all those taking part in the survey. Congratulations to the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Fife, who won the first draw which took place before Christmas.

This research, the first of its kind throughout the UK and Europe, represents a real opportunity for cultural organisations to make their voices heard and contribute to positive action to increase access to public sector content.

To complete the survey, please follow the link below (or copy it into your web browser).

Please also pass the details on to anyone else you know who may be interested in taking part.

Stuart Dempster
Strategic Content Alliance

Nick Poole
Chief Executive
Collections Trust

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