Clarifying The Openness Of Slides

At the Institutional Web Management Workshop 2007 we’ll be encouraging the speakers and workshop facilitators to maximise access to their resources by providing a Creative Commons licence for their slides and other related resources.

But how should the speakers go about this? The approach I have taken is to include a Creative Commons logo on the title slide and also on the handout page. In addition for the past few years I have included the location of the PowerPoint file on the title slide and also on the handout page. This is illustrated in the image.

PowerPoint title slide

This approach enables anyone who wishes to reuse the content to easily find the master source. In addition it allows the slides to be downloaded during a presentation, if a network is available. This can provide accessibility benefits if a user cannot read the slides for whatever reason.

I also use the title slide to give a summary of the Acceptable Use Policy which will apply to the talk I give (I normally give permission for the talk to be recorded, for example).

The slide also contains hyperlinks to various resources, which can be followed if the slides have been downloaded. For the title slide this normally included a link to a tag which bookmarks resources mentioned in the presentation, together with clarifications of the Creative Commons licence (which normally states that not all images may be covered by the Creative Commons licence).

Feel free to make use of this approach if you think it might be helpful to you and users of your slides.

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  1. In addition it is probably sensible to strongly encourage sharing the slides on Slideshare, which has the option of explicitly associating a CC licence with each presentation.

  2. Err… sorry… Art Fossett isn’t a real person, so you can disregard everything he says! :-)

  3. Is this some kind of Turing test? Could we have confirmation of that from Art, please. :-)

  4. Hi Andy / Art
    Yes, if you use a service such as Slideshare you should also explicitly assign the liceence you’ve selected with the presentation. And you should also allow the presentation to be downloaded (it would be noce if Slideshare allowed users to seclte their default preference for this).
    Similar advice also applies to related services, such as YouTube and Google Video (although YouTube has some limitations in this respect).


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