Creative Commons Licenses in Archives West Project Group


2017 September

Work Completed

2018 February


  • Anne Jenner, University of Washington (Chair)
  • Steve Duckworth, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Ashlyn Velte, University of Idaho
  • Jodi Allison-Bunnell, Orbis Cascade Alliance

Type of Group and General Comments

Project group


Implement Creative Commons licenses for finding aids in Archives West.


Unique & Local Content Team

Outcomes to Produce

  • Identify possible Creative Commons (CC) licenses for finding aids in Archives West
  • Provide documentation to members for standards going forward (as update to the Alliance’s EAD Best Practices)
  • Contribute to implementation of recommendations by surveying member institutions about preferred CC licenses
  • Answer questions and address any concerns about the project and its outcomes

[Note: Staff will work with A&M participants to choose/globally apply the CC licenses and modify the AW stylesheet so they are visible]

Level of Decision-Making Authority



2017 October-December

Background and Context

The 2016-2017 Task Force and EAD Database Working Group explored how to encode rights statements (for the archival metadata) into archival finding aids.

This was a follow-up to a session at SAA 2016 in Atlanta about ‘open metadata’ and the article ‘Time to Open Up: The Why and How of Opening Up Archival Finding Aids and the Unintended Consequences of Being Closed’ (by Merrilee Proffitt and Heather Briston) in March/April 2016 issue of Archival Outlook.

The TF made recommendations and EAD DB WG refined and clarified the recommendations in order to share with Archives & Manuscripts members in May 2017.

Number of Members Needed

3-4 Note: This group is open to both Alliance members and non-Alliance members who participate in the Archives & Manuscripts Collections Service

Skills Needed

Group members should have one or more of the following:

  • Knowledge of Creative Commons licenses
  • Familiarity with work of predecessor group and national conversations
  • Experience with creative and coordinated outreach and information dissemination strategies in order to introduce and implement a set of Creative Commons licenses for finding aids of all A&M Collections Service participating institutions.

Also, see the chart on the Team and Group Structure page for overall expectations of all Alliance group members.