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The Proper Protection and Use of Information

Thursday, June 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
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WASHINGTON, DC - The Proper Protection and Use of Information


When the American Society for Horticultural Science convenes its annual conference this summer, some discussion will involve matters of concern to the general public. On Tuesday, July 31, beginning at 1:00 pm, attendees can avail themselves to a workshop designed to clarify the laws and guidelines for copyright and use of previously published content within scholarly and creative works.

It is a topic of keen interest to anyone working in any branch of academia, as well as in many other fields. The workshop entitled Information Is Everywhere! How Do I Protect It and Use It Properly,, will guide participants through the practical knowledge of protecting their work and lawfully using the work of others.

The American Society for Horticultural Science hosts its international conference each year, offering an illuminating exchange of ideas and methodology that is germane to those working in the various fields of horticultural science and its education. This year, the conference takes place here in Washington DC from July 30 to August 3 at the Washington Hilton.

The featured panelists at this particular roundtable session are:

Krista Cox, Director of Public Policy Initiatives for the Association of Research Libraries, who will conduct attendees through Fair Use, which is an essential right that allows the use of copyrighted material without direct permission from the rightsholder under certain circumstances.

Vicky Crone, Licensing and Procurement Librarian at the National Agricultural Library, who will offer insight on licensing and paid access terms, rights, and restrictions in publishing, considerations for electronic and international publishing, and communication and collaboration between copyright holders and publishers.

And Hope O’Keefe, Senior Associate General Counsel for the Library of Congress, who supervises all collections matters, including acquisitions, copyright, intellectual property, social media, web archiving, and increasing digital access to Library collections.

Studies and scenarios to be addressed will include: If public use is granted to my research project, who then owns the data? Can I use someone else’s published research data for a follow-up study without written permission? Are rights and restrictions consistent across different journals? Working in academia, are my published articles and digital slideshows owned by the university and therefore open to presentation at their choosing?

Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticulture Science (ASHS) is the largest organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticulture research, education, and application. For more information on the conference and specific sessions, click here to view the conference program.

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