Browser Add-on Aims to Ease Attribution of Open Content

Library Journal, by David Rapp Feb 10, 2011

Excerpt: “Open Attribute, a free add-on for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers unveiled this week, was created as part of a Mozilla Drumbeat collaborative project which aims to make open content more accessible. Its simple but ingenious strategy is one that academics and librarians can appreciate: it makes open content easier to attribute.

According to Molly Kleinman, the special assistant to the dean of libraries at the University of Michigan Library and an Open Attribute project manager, the add-on works by searching a web page for Creative Commons (CC) licensing information—specifically embedded CC REL metadata—and creates properly formatted attributions from that information, in plain text and HTML code, that users can simply cut and paste. (It can also be used for CC-licensed content on Wikipedia and the photo-sharing site Flickr, which use a different format for CC REL code.)”

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