Friday, October 23, 2009

creative commons

The getwithit creative commons license states that it is a - Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand - which means the material can be :
Shared or distributed - in sharing the license terms should be made clear and the best way to do this is by having a link to the relevant web page. The material can also be adapted. The proviso is the work should be acknowledged in the manner specified by the author/licensor.However, it should also be made clear that they are not giving personal, specific endorsement to your work. Another proviso is that the work should not be used for commercial gain.
There is also the understanding that the conditions can be waived if there is direct permission from the copyright holder. The material should be used fairly, keep in mind the author has moral rights and consider the issues of publicity/privacy in using other peoples works.
The link above to a photo in Flickr search has creative common rights which are very similar to the getwithit programme. The difference is that the license states that there are some rights reserved and at the bottom is a link to a new version. This new version has a 'share alike' icon which means that the work can only be distributed under the same or similar license.

Open ID

While Open ID seems like a good idea, and while internet use can be traced anyway I would not choose to have one access point to many accounts even if they were generic and not personal. Somehow, and this probably isn't even logical, I would feel it was making it too easy for someone if they wanted to find out what you were up to and one password gave them open sesame to many of your other accounts!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

keeping your privacy

Privacy is always something that has concerned me regarding information put on the internet. With Facebook I always reminded my daughter that anything she put on for her friends could be accessed by an even wider circle. There are sites like Amazon and Trademe where I am happy using my credit card and others where if there is any doubt,I don't use.
In the library if patrons have asked about different sites and whether they are safe I tell them about the purpose of it and who it can be accessed by and then I feel they need to make their own decisions. When it comes to their library accounts I remind them to keep their passwords safe so other people cannot (hopefully)make bookings on their Pharos account and use their time and money.
Netbasics was an excellent tutorial and it would be good for people getting their first computers to realise the importance of having safeguards against viruses etc. Once, at home our computer suddenly came up with red alert signals that our windows xp was in danger and to click on to their warning to save our data; so we ignored and shut down the computer but a friend of ours at his work, did click on and lost valuable data - as the warning was a virus.

Monday, October 19, 2009

An interval - then another beginning - hope it's not too hard!