Innovations in e-learning and e-science are frequently hampered by digital rights issues. Digital rights are therefore the focus of many of SURFs activities, which are carried out by the Digital Rights Expertise Community (SURFdirect). You will find more information about SURFdirect elsewhere on this website. You can also download the SURFdirect flyer.
SURFdirect’s activities focus on a range of different topics: education and research repositories; images and audio; image banks; open access; copyright and Creative Commons; and licences. SURFdirect approaches these topics from two different perspectives. On the one hand, it considers the digital rights of researchers, teachers and students in their own material; on the other, it looks at third-party digital rights – in other words, what is a researcher, teacher or student permitted to do with someone else's material?
SURFdirect provides information to higher education and research on these topics and offers advice and support. It develops practical tools, for example toolboxes, FAQs, research projects and recommendations. SURFdirect also provides public information and helps raise awareness and foster the exchange of good practices.
SURFdirect’s main practical tools:
• Copyright Toolbox, step-by-step instructions for concluding a copyright agreement: http://copyrighttoolbox.surf.nl/
• FAQs on copyright in scientific and scholarly articles. These FAQs can be found on the website Copyright in Higher Education: www.surf.nl/copyright-in-nl
• FAQs on copyright in images and audio for students, teachers and librarians
• The Licence to Publish and Licence to Deposit in a Digital Repository
• 'Author rights, your rights', a short awareness video with two Dutch professors
• A checklist for negotiating licences with collective rights organisations: www.surffoundation.nl/licences [only available in Dutch]
• A checklist for publication agreements helping authors and publishers determine what rights they wish to retain when transferring the copyright in a publication or granting a licence. >> Download the publication agreements checklist [only available in Dutch]
• Model contracts for audiovisual programmes for higher education
• Digital image banks and copyright [only available in Dutch] . A survey of how digital image banks are used and advice on the relevant copyright aspects, or: what do media centres do, is what they do permitted, and when is it permitted?
You will find more practical tools on the SURF website: www.surf.nl/copyright-in-nl.