Wikipedia and Creative Commons

Today’s Digital Historians prefer to view the web as a shared storehouse where people can share their creations. This ultimately leads to the notion of creative commons, meaning that the web is a place where people can create and share information. With the growth of the world wide web, the legal landscape for historians has since been reconfigured to ensure that a person’s work is protected.

An example of a creative common site is Wikipedia because it allows others to build upon another person’s work. It functions as a space for people to collaborate and share information. To see this in action, I looked at the revision history on three Wikipedia pages and decided to document what I saw. The three pages that I visited were on Lee Miller, World War II, and War Correspondents. Common edits made were concerning grammar, format, and correcting information. 

I’m not entirely sure if we will use a creative commons license for our James Farmer site as it will be more of an exhibit that we are presenting information on. However, it would be interesting to have a comments page that people could interact with as they would in a museum. Additionally, copyright is going to play a major role in our project due to our usage of pictures and videos that we didn’t create. All of the materials that we will be using are housed in Special Collections and University Archives, a vast majority being owned by the library, allowing us access as students.

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