3D-ICONS at DARIAH/IANUS IPR Workshop in Berlin

The 3D-ICONS Project was invited to talk about their experience with IPR for 3D Models at an IPR workshop jointly organised by the IANUS and DARIAH-DE projects in Berlin and hosted by the German Archaeological Institute in September 2013. 

Following a detailed overview of the current IPR frameworks available by two German lawyers from iRights and the IPR perspective of the Lower Saxony State Office for Heritage regarding reuse of their excavation documentation, the workshop language switched to English. Sheena Bassett, 3D-ICONS project manager, explained the complex IPR situation regarding the creation of 3D-models and how this varied from country to country. She also highlighted the Europeana Data Exchange Agreement and the practical aspects of organising the signature of this (e.g. providing a clear understanding of what it covered and didn’t cover and whether more than one DEA was required). The recent deliverable D7.2 Report on IPR Scheme provided the IPR framework presented to the workshop.

The presentation (3D models and IPR based on the experiences of the 3D ICONS project) is available here .

Catherine Hardman from ADS in York followed the 3D-ICONS talk with an overview of the current licensing models used by the ADS – she referred to an extremely useful document produced by the DCC and JISC in the UK entitled “How to License Research data ” which describes all the commonly used licenses and their pros and cons. The workshop concluded with a lively discussion in which Sheena defended the 3D-ICONS position of adopting the most restrictive CC BY-NC-ND license for their 3D models created for Europeana by explaining that this was a default position which made it easier to negotiate access and data reuse with monument/data owners and that each partner was free to use less restrictive licenses for their 3D models where applicable.


IANUS is a project funded by the DFG project to establish a National Research Data Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History in Germany, requested by a DFG Arbeitsguppe  and coordinated by Prof. Dr. Friederike Fless  and Prof. Dr. Ortwin Dally  at the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin.

DARIAH , the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the humanities and arts.