Educational Media Awareness Campaign/Docs/Case Studies/Finding a picture of Loch Ness
This is a case study in the Educational Media Awareness Campaign. Read through this case study to learn how to find and use media in your educational resources.
The task in this real life primary school case was simple: find a legally reusable photograph of Loch Ness.
Attempt #1: a mistake
The first attempt was to go to http://www.freedigitalphotos.net (a stock photos) site, and pick a pretty image of Loch Ness in the sunshine with a castle and a boat. Well, the site seemed to say it was OK to use the photos for educational purposes without payment of any royalties. However: on http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/terms.php it says in the small print of the terms that "you may not use the images for... distribution". Put it another way, you cannot use the images in educational resources which are open in the sense that other people might edit and build on those resources, or extract images for re-use in their own projects.
Attempt #2: success
The second attempt was to go to http://commons.wikimedia.org and type "loch ness" into the search box. Up popped 12 images, including one which was almost identical to the one found above (without the boat, though), and another one with a geographical locator for Loch Ness (mmmm....!). When clicking on the images, we can immediately see their permissions. In this case the desired image was a dual GFDL / CC-BY-SA licence (ideal), but as its Wikimedia, we can be sure we can re-use the images anyway (unless they are "fair use", which doesn't happen often).
In addition, if we scroll down to the bottom of the page, we see a "category" for Loch Ness, which leads us to another page with 29 photographs of Loch Ness.
Using the image
The important things when using the image we found are:
- Say where we got it from - i.e. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:LochNessUrquhart.jpg
- Say what the licence / permission is - in this case we can choose between GFDL and CC-BY-SA (read what it says on the page above), and we of course choose CC-BY-SA because that is an image-friendly licence.