Creative Commons Blog Assignment

When looking through Wikipedia history and discussion pages, I noticed that there were lots of updates to each page that followed reader-suggested and fact-checked revisions. I began by looking at the “Cleopatra” page; since she is a history figure that has made her way into pop culture, there are a large number of revisions (over 500!) present on her history page. I also looked at a more niche page, (the one for the “Studio Killers” (band)) for comparison. This one only has nine revisions and one discussion point, but functions in the same way. A number, highlighted in either red or green in each revision description, lists trends in page views. Each revision can be selected, and the link brings readers to the point in the discussion board where the changes made were originally suggested. The discussion board emphasizes that it is not a forum and that it should only be used for suggestions for improvement. Different versions of each page can be compared, as well, through the history tab.

Since Digital Humanities, as a field, is meant to make historical resources easily accessible to a wide audience, I believe that our site should be available to use and re-use for free. The Creative Commons Attribute Share-Alike (CC BY-SA) License seems to be the best fit for our site, as it allows for wider information distribution and does not restrict users depending on whether they may profit on the information or not. I do not mind others using our information for profit, as it still increases potential audience and can be used for educational purposes.

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