Is there copyright – some say YES, some say NO … we prefer to say ‘ it depends!’
Why should you care? Well, researchers are being asked more and more to re-use research data, share it and make it available for Open Access.
Can you share ‘your data’ if someone else owns the copyright? Not without the copyright owner’s permission. But that of course depends on whether the data is even protected by copyright. So what exactly is research data?
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If you are writing a longer thesis (i.e. research Masters or PhD), you might be interested in the Thesis Writers’ Circles run by the Academic Skills Unit. This peer-reviewing is great to get feedback from someone else then your supervisors, and it’s also really useful and interesting to see what others do in their theses.
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
While you’re writing your thesis with the intention of just submitting it for assessment, your use of copyright material created by other people is happily covered by the fair dealing provisions for study and research. However, if you intend to either make the full text of your thesis available online or publish it elsewhere, these provisions will no longer apply to your use of this copyright material. Yeah, you can take out this stuff, or find some copyright friendly material… but it adds so much value, so why not just ask if your use is okay?
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Knowing what your copyright obligations are and how to manage the copyright in your thesis is essential for keeping your options open in the future. If the copyright in your thesis isn’t handled correctly, it could cost you hours of backtracking to obtain the necessary permissions, or to locate relevant data and documentation. Worse than these wasted hours, is that it could even prevent you from publishing, presenting or making your thesis available on the web
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