Database of the week

Week 15

  • Directory of Open Access Books : unrestricted peer-reviewed e-books

In Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) you will find a large collection of peer-reviewed OA e-books, with a wide variety of topics. You can filter or search by subject, language and publisher. The e-books are unlimited, full-text accessible.

Want to learn more about Open Access publishing? Then go to the OA BooksToolkit.

DOAB e-books are also available through the E-publication Finder.

  • Database LISA: abstracts about Information Management and Artificial Intelligence

De database Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) is internationally oriented and contains abstracts from 440 periodicals published in more than 68 countries and 20 languages. It is also possible to search for specific charts and tables. LISA is part of the 'Library and Information Science Collection', which in turn is part of ProQuest's 'Social Science Premium Collection', which includes databases on sociology, politics, criminology, library and information science, education and linguistics. Through the option 'Change databases' ProQuest databases can be combined or excluded. For example view this abstract on how Human Computer Interaction is being used with airplane information systems which pilots use for essential decision making.

  • Comply with the Copyright Act when using video content from others

If you, as a student, teacher or researcher, want to use video content from others, you must comply with the Copyright Act. In principle, this means that you must always request permission from the copyright holder(s) of the video content. Essentially the copyright holder is the creator of a work. A video can have multiple creators. From a simple video made by one person filming an object or the environment, for example, to a documentary or a film with a screenwriter, a director, actors and a producer. In the first case, that one person is the copyright owner. In the second case, the producer if the other creators have transferred their exploitation rights, part of their copyrights, to the producer (which often happens).

To keep it workable, the Copyright Act has a number of exceptions where permission is not required (restrictions on the Copyright Act). For example, there is the screening restriction that allows you to show the video content in its entirety without the permission of the copyright holder, provided that the screening has an educational purpose and takes place “within the walls” of the educational institution. In concrete terms, this means that you may play video content, for example a documentary, in its entirety in the classroom or in Teams or Blackboard Collaborate, provided that no recording takes place (so only screen sharing). As soon as a recording takes place or, for example, the presentation is shared with the video file (for example, by placing the presentation on Blackboard), permission must be requested from the copyright holder. Therefore, if you do not have permission, do not play video content during a recording and replace the video file with a link or a reference before sharing the presentation. In short, you can download video content without permission on your own device (can be useful if you do not want to be dependent on a good internet connection or if you want to make sure that the video content is available when you need it) and play it in its entirety for others in an educational context, but not without permission, share the video content in its entirety as a video file or make it available for others to view or replay via a recording.

Another exception to the Copyright Act that may apply to video content is the right to quote. Citation of video content can be used by students, teachers and researchers in a digital product. You do not have to ask for permission if you do not quote more than necessary, you quote from a published source and you mention the source. Unlike with the screening restriction, you can share that product or make it available to others. The risk lies in the condition that you may not quote more than necessary. The Copyright Act does not specify what is meant by this in concrete terms. There is also no golden standard from the numerous lawsuits filed by producers. Caution is therefore advised and asking for permission may be a safer option in this situation, even if it is not necessary to quote the video content in its entirety. In this situation it is better to use video content made available open access and/or under an open license. The main characteristic of open access works is that they are accessible and available without financial, legal or technical barriers. Open Access works can be recognized by the Open Access logo (an open lock). With an open license, the copyright holder makes it clear to everyone at once under what conditions the work may be used without the need for permission. The most common open license is the Creative Commons license. Filter for this license when searching for video content that requires sharing or making it available to others.


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