Creative Commons Lincencing of AVA resources
Creative Commons Licencing
The AVA has for some time published freely available resources on the website to help veterinary clinicians improve the safety of anaesthesia in their practices (checklists, GA monitoring forms etc). Over the years there has been a steady stream of requests for permission to use these materials elsewhere. For example, to be translated into other languages, used in textbooks, loaded onto computerised practice management systems, or published on other websites.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Campbell (2019) described the growth of the OER movement, with discussions between educators leading to publication of ‘The Cape Town Open Education Declaration’ in 2008. The vision of these pioneers was to create a wide range of co-created resources which were “open and free for all to use”. The OER movement has grown since then and is now supported by institutions including, for example, the University of Edinburgh, Wellcome, PLOS, and others.
Applying Creative Commons Licences to AVA resources
The aims of the OER movement are also congruent with some of the goals of the AVA Mission Statement, “…disseminating reliable and accessible resources … to promote the development and delivery of safe and sustainable anaesthesia for all animals”.
After discussion the AVA Committee has decided to apply Creative Commons (CC) licences to some resources published on the website. Copyright is retained by the author(s) and CC licencing permits fair access to the material and promotes wider distribution. Anyone using the AVA resources must show attribution linking to our website.
Jurox and Dechra provided generous support to help publish the original guidelines and the committee is grateful for these companies’ approval for this move to CC licencing.
Terms and conditions of CC Licencing
The Creative Commons website sets out the conditions under which CC-BY-SA licenced resources can be used:
“Users are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
- The licencor cannot revoke these freedoms, as long as users follow the licence terms.
Under the following terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the licence, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licencor endorses you or your use.
- ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same licence as the original.
- No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the licence permits”.
From November 2022 the AVA will apply CC-BY-SA 4.0 licences to anaesthesia resources on the website and monitor their usage. Of course, organisations using or adapting these resources will also enhance the visibility of the AVA and its activities.