As a best practice, you should, whenever possible, include rights information for items so that people know if and how they can use or reuse them. Rights for digital objects can be complicated. If you are using materials you did not create, it is important to understand your rights, as well as the rights you can grant others. Hopefully, if you are creating a collection in an Omeka site, you have the right to use and share items you include, but that may not mean everyone else has the same rights. If your materials come from different sources, you may have different rights for each digital object, in which case we recommend adding a rights note at the item level. If an entire collection comes from a single source, you may instead add a rights note at the collection level.
If you are working under United States or European copyright/rights, Rightsstatements.org has 12 different pre-written rights statements for cultural heritage organizations and individuals to use for digital objects that address these issues. They are both human and machine readable, and include text and hyperlinks you can add to Omeka.
Alternatively, you may choose to draft your own rights statement or statements for collections, items, or both. If so, we recommend you include, at minimum, the following information:
If you are using items and collections to create a digital exhibit in Omeka, you will also want to consider a Creative Commons license on the exhibit to provide rights information for the work you created from the items (this should also take into account any restrictions on the items themselves). A CC license will allow you to indicate how others can use, share, or reuse the entirely or parts of your exhibit, including the images, text, and any other content.
The CC license website has a tool that asks a series of questions to help determine the correct license for your work and will provide text, a link, and embed code for your site. When answering questions, be sure to take into account the rights of individual items, especially if you are not the copyright owner.
Alternatively, you can develop your own licensing for exhibits. If so, we recommend you a) review some of the CC license language/options and b) include, at minimum, the following information:
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