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It took about 5 months to get the Policy agreed on by broader staff, with the draft being redone about 3 or 4 times. Interestingly, staff input was very positive and constructive, and to my knowledge no staff had concerns with the CC BY clause. It seemed that most of the concern was to do with making sure that the Poly did not claim ownership over staff or student IP, but that it would be there if staff or students needed backup from the Poly if copyrights were breached outside the Poly. To that effect the Poly is a custodian of staff and student IP, but does not claim ownership.

So it would seem that the Poly was more than ready for such a Policy and that all I had to do was introduce the CC licenses which are more than ready for adoption, and make a lot of sense to anyone willing to think about it.

Hope that helps to answer the questions. In all it was about an 8 month process, with many things falling into place without too much issue. I was expecting a far greater fight. So full credit to the foresight and leadership from the CEO and dep CEO for their support, and to the Otago Poly staff who helped to make is clear and meaningful on all points of concern.

8. cormaggio - december 5th, 2007 at 1:13 pm

Thanks for this great piece Leigh. I think what you’ve just written about Otago’s licencing policy reflects very well on Otago Polytechnic, its leadership, and your role within this process - however, I’m not sure if it would be as positive a process in all institutions! But it’s very nice to hear of positive case studies (even though you outline a number of challenges too). Of course, I’m also interested in this from the perspective of what Wiki*versity* can lean from your and your colleagues’ experiences with using WikiEducator - and how we can similarly facilitate educators to create, manage and remix content. You’ve certainly given me much to think about… :-)

9. ken udas - december 5th, 2007 at 3:54 pm

We are going to try something new. Leigh Blackall has suggested that we do a synchronous web-conference to discuss aspects of the Otago Polytechnic experience, OER, and other aspects of his posting. The conference time is set for Friday, December 7, 2007 at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time, which would be December 7th at 17:00 Greenwich Mean Time, and December 8th at 6:00 (AM) New Zealand Daylight Time. We are planning on an hour-long session. The event will be recorded and made openly available. Special thanks to Leigh for getting up early Saturday morning!!!!

( A recording of the conference is available )

Hope to see you there!

10. wikirandy - december 10th, 2007 at 10:06 am

Hi Leigh, I am breaking up my response in several posts, based on several themes:

  1. Your Comment: “So full credit to the foresight and leadership from the CEO and dep CEO”

Great! Now, how have you sought to reinforce to them that they have made the right decision? Does this come in the form of summaries, progress briefs, or other communication? Is there some regular frequency to this? Are you continuing to add a dollar value to the savings generated by the migration to WikiEducator? Are there other things to communicate to the CEO, dep CEO? I’m thinking increased flexibility, easier access to partnerships, etc.

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