Submissions:2021/Demystifying Copyright: Unlocking a Treasure of Content in Journals and Periodicals

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2021.


Demystifying Copyright: Unlocking a Treasure of Content in Journals and Periodicals


Depth & Breadth for Newer Editors

Type of session:



Are you searching for materials that you can freely use in Wikipedia projects? Are you confused about copyright for printed materials in the United States? We can help!

In this workshop, the Philadelphia WikiSalon will demonstrate a clear, easy to follow, step-by-step workflow to evaluate the copyright status of a journal or periodical published in the United States. Once the status of an issue is identified, content from a public domain or freely licensed journal can be added in whole or part to Wikimedia Commons or a project such as WikiSource. With this knowledge, you can unlock a treasure trove of public domain resources that can be mined for secondary sources, images, and more.

After the live demonstration, there will be time for questions and discussion. Supplemental PDF and video tutorials will be provided, along with practice workflow exercises and copyright resource lists. This workshop is suitable for a range of attendees: from newer through experienced Wikipedians.

The Philadelphia WikiSalon ( is a skills-oriented online meetup for Wikipedia Projects. Our monthly sessions alternate between demonstrations of new skills and work sessions to practice skills. Demonstrations ( target a specific skill related to Wikipedia, Wikidata, or Wikimedia Commons. Attendees share what they are working on, ask questions, and get feedback and support. Many of our regulars are librarians, archivists, professors or people interested in digital humanities and the sciences, but everyone is welcome!

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Co-facilitator; Wikipedian in Residence, Annual Reviews and Doreva Belfiore, Co-facilitator, The Philadelphia WikiSalon

E-mail address: ,

Wikimedia username:

Mary Mark Ockerbloom , dorevabelfiore

Affiliated organization(s):

Estimated time:

75-120 minutes

Special requests:

Our normal event time is Saturday, 12:00-2:00 pm EST. Please put us in our normal time slot if possible. At least 75 minutes are needed. Thank you for your consideration.

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

YES - Both presenters have taught topics in copyright at previous WikiSalons and also at other GLAM events.

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)