The session will outline how the BBC is entering into both formal and open partnerships to create a brand new learning platform.
We have entered formal partnerships where there is a legal necessity to do so and open partnerships where they make most sense.
Licensing restrictions have imposed legal obligations on the BBC to ensure that our archive material is only available to institutions who hold an ERA licence. However we are working with partners in the GLAM sector to encourage them to publish their data and assets under open licences and making that data available through our platform, which itself is openly available.
We will share our learning about the strengths and weaknessess of both approaches. Sometimes the formality of a contract can create deadlines that partners need to hit, at other times a contract restricts viable opportunities. We’ll also discuss the benefits and pitfalls around open vs closed licences.
The presentation covers all aspects of the conference but is perhaps best suited to the ‘Collaboration and Innovation in the Open’ theme. The project is collaborative in that we are working with institutions in the GLAM sector and EdTech companies, it’s Open as we are using open data and building an open platform.
References: As RES is not an academic project we are necessariy light on Academic References, though this paper from the Smithsonian is very closely aligned to our work: http://eswc-conferences.org/sites/default/files/papers2013/szekely.pdf