Sunday, July 8, 2012

e-codices project chooses Creative Commons license

For anyone interested in Greek and Latin manuscripts, the scholarly landscape changed dramatically last week when the e-codices project announced that all its material is now available under a Creative Commons license.  For several years, the e-codices project has been putting high-resolution digital photography of manuscripts, together with exemplary cataloging information, on line.   Now, you can reuse its photography of more than 900 manuscripts under the terms of CC's Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported license.

So if you'd like to start work on Cod. Bodmer 85, a manuscript of the Iliad with scholia, you are free to download and work with any of the e-codices photographs, and you are permitted to "copy, distribute and transmit the work" for non-commercial purposes provided you include proper attribution to e-codices.

All of the Homer Multitext project's original digital photography is licensed with CC licenses, too.  We'll certainly be thinking hard about how best to interact with and reuse CC-licensed material from other sources — now including e-codices. 

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