Choosing the right Creative Commons licence for your work

Creative Commons licencesWhy would you want a Creative Commons licence?

The Creative Commons copyright licenses give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. As more people adopt this ever growing ‘digital commons’ they share a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law.

It is an opportunity for others to share your work with attribution and dependent on the licence you give it even build upon this work and re-share it with the wider community. There are a variety of different licences to choose from and this post aims to introduce those to you. Full information and guidance can be found on the Creative Commons website. Continue reading

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Hurrah! An easy way to attribute Flickr images


 Image source: creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by Jonas Tana:

Flickr is an image and video hosting site. Registering an account also allows users to create a profile page containing photos and videos that the user has uploaded. Users uploading an image can set privacy controls that determine who can view the image. This can be set to public or private, or to a specific group. Flickr offers users the ability to either release their images under Creative Commons licenses or to label them as ‘all rights reserved’. Images can be filtered by licence and may also be given tags which can help users of Flickr locate themes images. Continue reading

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Twitter photo tagging – how to opt out

photo tagging in Twitter


You may have picked up that Twitter has just made some mobile updates enabling photo tagging. It is now possible to tag up to 10 people in a photo and it does not affect the character count in the tweet. Unless your Tweets are protected this means anyone can tag you. Continue reading

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The Wonderful Web at 25

Happy Birthday

Image source: Wikipedia

March 12th 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. It is hard to believe that pre-1989 there was no Web (or at least public access to). In recent years as the price of computers have decreased and affordable smart technologies increased, access and use of the Web for many has become a daily part of our lives. The growth in smart mobile technology has meant that users can access the Web and social networking sites on the go when and wherever they want to. The first handheld cellphone was sold on March 13, 1984 for $3995— 30 years ago!  What a long way we have come. Today not only can we use these devices to hold telephone conversations, we can also text, take photos and video and share these through social networking sites, and access information from websites. WiFi hot spots are increasingly found in public spaces – buses, cafes and shops, making it easier for users to connect. Continue reading

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Visualising your LinkedIn connections

LinkedIn connections

LinkedIn Maps is a really nice way to visualise your connections on LinkedIn. Above is an image taken as a screen shot, however when created online it is actually interactive. Each dot is a node which links to one of your connections. As you click on the node it brings up that person’s photo and headline. Continue reading

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Google Search has finally added a simple way to search for images that have reuse rights!

Google search

Google Search has finally added a simple way to search for images that have reuse rights!

First of all enter your search keyword, then click on Images. You will then see Search tools. Select this and it reveals Usage Rights with a drop down menu. The default is ‘not filtered by licence’. You can then choose one of four further options:

  • labelled for reuse
  • labelled for commercial reuse
  • labelled for reuse with modification
  • labelled for commercial reuse with modification

Check the best match and you will then only see the images that have those rights. Continue reading

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Changes to Gmail: How to adjust your settings

Gmail logo

The BBC Technology article was the first alert I received to changes being made by Google and Gmail.

Users of Google’s Gmail service will soon be able to send messages directly to other Gmail accounts, regardless of whether the recipient has shared their email address. Continue reading

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My Blogging Journey


I began this blog a few years ago when teaching Journalism students how to use WordPress to create their own blogs. As I introduced how to embed images, video and audio; I realised that it would be more authentic if I started to write posts of my own. Colleagues new to social media often asked questions about what certain tools were and how to use them. These became the focus of my posts.

Reading articles about blogging, I was encouraged to blog on a regular basis. However writing does not always flow easily. Juggling other commitments the ‘I don’t have time’ is a big issue. However I learnt that taking a gem of an idea I could write a few bullet points and save the idea as a draft post. Very often with a clearer mind I would go back to the draft and complete it. Other times I have discarded the draft, but gone on to write something else in its place.

You go diving for pearls every night but sometimes you end up with clams.” ~ Jerry Garcia

Blogging has given me a voice and granted whilst it may not be heard by many, the craft of blogging has helped me develop a new confidence in writing. The act of blogging and tagging allows me to catalogue and curate short posts about social media which have been fascinating to research and learn from along the way. The feedback I have had via comments or tweets has been encouraging. Continue reading

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The affordances of ‘new’ technology and social media

infographicThis latest cartoon from the talented Wrong Hands made me both smile and reflect on the many changes of how new technology has replaced older technology, devices and other things.

Just this week I was asked if I had photos of my recent 103 km trek across the Sahara Desert. My reply was “Yes, they are on Flickr“.  I received an email from O2 for our latest bill for the landline telephone we rarely use. I read news via websites. LinkedIn is my ‘rolodex’ and list of connections complete with photos. If I want a business telephone number I google the company but then get agitated at the length of time the automated messages take so turn to Twitter or email if I have a query. Searching for my CV I realise my most current version is saved on a floppy disc and my PC no longer has the holder to read one. I keep VHS tapes mostly for nostalgia but have replaced many favourites with DVDs. Sat nav and google maps have replaced the big bulky maps we used to have in the car. Spell check can trip us up but is so handy when writing online. Shopping in general, but especially books is done via Amazon, Ebay and other online stores. My encyclopaedias are treasured but in some sections outdated, so Google and Google Scholar have taken their place. Continue reading

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New: Creating your own personal library of articles from Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles. However since the update of the Google homepage with its new minimalist look, it is not so high profile. It’s probably quicker just searching for Google Scholar to get to it! Once there you can search for literature and now can save useful and relevant articles to your own library. Continue reading

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