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Contribute to international survey on orphan works
Closing date 26 February 2010 at 18.00 GMT. 

Experts who create and curate digital content from public sector organisations
across Europe, are invited to contribute to JISC's international survey on
'orphan works' called 'In from the Cold Europa 2010'. 

There are millions of so-called 'orphan works' - photographs, recordings, texts
and other ephemera from the last 100 years - which risk becoming invisible
because rights holders are not known or easy to trace. 

Now this topic is the focus of this survey commissioned by the JISC-led
Strategic Content Alliance in conjunction with the Association of European
Research Libraries (LIBER), the European Bureau of Library, Information and
Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and the Wellcome Trust.

The survey aims to establish how much time, effort and money is spent on orphan
works across Europe by people working in the public sector and to find out the
effect orphan works have on cultural heritage preservation at an international

Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, said:   "If we
do not reform our European copyright rules on orphan works and libraries
swiftly, digitisation and the development of attractive content offers will not
take place in Europe, but on the other side of the Atlantic." 

Organisations such as universities, archives, libraries, museums, health
services and public service broadcasters are invited to participate. Although no
particular technical knowledge is required, the survey does ask participants to
fill in relatively detailed information about the collections (digital and
analogue) held or licensed by your organisation.

In  May 2009 over 500 organisations took part in the UK only orphan works online
questionnaire which showed that rich primary resources are being 'warehoused' at
public expense - with little or no prospect of them being delivered online to
the public without additional costs and/or risks being imposed on the public

Take part in the international survey
<http://surveys.polldaddy.com/s/476EBBEAF7ED1854/> to help provide real
comparisons between European countries on the impact of orphan works. 

Closing date 26 February 2010 at 18.00 GMT. 

Find out more about the issues surrounding this topic by reading the report 'In
From The Cold: An assessment of the scope of 'Orphan Works':

This report shows how the UK is in real danger of losing 20th century materials
due to the current copyright laws, the levels of resources needed to trace the
rights for each orphan work and the potential lock down of access to these
important works. 

Date for your diary: 6 - 7 May, 2010, 18th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting,
Helsinki, Finland
Joanne Yeomans, Director EBLIDA.
European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations.
Secretariat EBLIDA - P.O. Box 16359,
NL - 2500 BJ The Hague - The Netherlands. 
Tel: +31 (0)70 30 90 550. Fax: +31 (0)70 30 90 558
Mob: +31 (0)620 41 65 79. www.eblida.org
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