2 Feb 2011 12:00pm - 2:00pm CRASSH Seminar Room


Dr Andrew Charlesworth (JISC and University of Bristol), Dr Andrew Zurcher (Faculty of English) and Dr Richard Jennings (Cambridge Enterprise) speak at a seminar organised by the Incremental project and the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network. Grant Young (University Library) will chair this seminar.

About the seminar

In an age when text, images, video and audio can be copied and remixed at the click of a mouse, understanding how Intellectual Property Rights, such as copyright and patents, may affect the process and outputs of your research, is both an important and complex task. One the one hand,  the spread of digital research tools has made huge amounts of new kinds of data accessible to the scholarly community and made it easier than ever before to share, alter and set these data in new contexts for different audiences. The culture of exchange and collaboration around scholarly data is affected, though, by the shifting boundaries between what is published and unpublished and the recent passage of legislation such as the 2010 Digital Economy Act, specifically designed to protect creators' rights in digital works.

This seminar brings together researchers, policy and legal experts, and Cambridge University support services to discuss both the challenges and opportunities that IPR brings and to provide guidance on how intellectual property rights affect research in the digital age. It will offer practical examples to illustrate why understanding the impact of IPR on research can no longer be put aside until the point of traditional paper-based publication, but need to be embedded in researchers' practice throughout a project's life-cycle. This seminar will consist of a mixture of short presentations followed by a panel discussion.

Please note we will be filming the seminar. If you do not wish to appear in the film or your remarks in the discussion to be recorded please let us know.

This seminar is part of a series. For further details click here.

The Incremental project is a collaboration between the Cambridge University Library and Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow. The project is a first step in improving and facilitating the day-to-day and long-term management of research data in higher education institutions (HEI’s).


The Cambridge Digital Humanities Network connects researchers at the University of Cambridge and beyond who are interested in how the use of digital tools is transforming scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. 


To reserve a place at the seminar and for more information about the Incremental project, please contact Catharine Ward (cw330 [at] cam.ac.uk).

For more information about the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, please contact Anne Alexander (raa43 [at] cam.ac.uk).

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