Due to the forecast, the Killam Library and the Kellogg Library Learning Commons (CHEB) will close at 10 pm. The Wallace McCain Learning Commons will close at 9:45 pm. Apologies for the inconvenience. Stay safe, everyone!
When working with Census geography, everywhere is somewhere. For Nova Scotia, the 2016 Census reference maps at the Aggregate Dissemination Area (ADA) and Dissemination Area (DA) geographic levels are now publicly available through the Dalhousie University Dataverse <https://dataverse.library.dal.ca>.
These are PDF files from Statistics Canada that define ADA and DA boundaries for all eighteen counties in Nova Scotia. DAs (formerly Enumeration Areas), have been used since the 2001 Census, but ADAs are new. They were created for the 2016 Census to encompass areas having a population ideally between 5,000 and 15,000, and cover an entire county (respecting its boundary).
The number of ADAs reflect the overall population of each county. Halifax County has 57 ADAs whereas Guysborough County has only one. Each county is a Dataverse dataset with its own Readme file, providing the coding correspondence between each ADAuid and DAuid. These identifiers are defined in the Readme file. In addition, there are CT maps that define the Census Tracts for the Halifax Census Metropolitan Area (CMA=205). Overall, this collection contains more than a thousand maps (PDF files). You can download one or more files.
Note: The DA reference maps are not available on the StatCan website but the Statistics Canada Open Licence enables us to distribute this collection of maps on an “as is” basis.
Special thanks to Sai Chua and Lachlan MacLeod for all of their work on this!
by Lachlan MacLeod
The copyright landscape in Canada has undergone significant changes recently. To ensure a fair and reasonable approach to the use of copyright protected materials on campus, Dalhousie has sought to balance the rights of users with those of creators. To help accomplish this, the university has established a Copyright Office and has most recently adopted updated Fair Dealing Guidelines.
As students of Dalhousie University, you may copy materials for which the university (e.g. the Dal Libraries) has negotiated licenses, according to the terms of the individual license agreements. In addition to license agreements, fair dealing allows you to make use of a work for yourself for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review, news reporting, education, and parody or satire. For example, you can copy one article from a journal, or one chapter from a book for the purpose of your studies and research.
Without fair dealing, any time you wished to make use of a copyrighted work in your course, you would need permission from the copyright holder, perhaps even paying a licensing fee. This short presentation illustrates uses that we might take for granted and would not be legal without fair dealing:
For more information on how fair dealing affects Students, please take some time to read about Fair Dealing for Students, and consult our Fair Dealing Guidelines. Please feel free to contact the Copyright Office with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: This issue was resolved at approximately 6 p.m. this evening (Feb. 27).
EZ-Proxy and Software.dal.ca are down.
We are actively working on solving the issue and we’ll provide updates as we have new information. We apologize for the inconvenience.
by Lachlan MacLeod
Fair dealing is a powerful tool for using copyrighted works in the classroom. It allows instructors to use photos and videos in class lectures, reduce the cost of materials for students, and facilitate access and accommodations for students. Faculty can also benefit from fair dealing in the context of research, allowing academics to build upon existing research, and facilitating access to scholarly works.
Fair dealing is available in the contexts of education and research, but it is important to remember that copyright in Canada is a balance between users’ rights on one hand and creators’ rights on the other. So, while instructors can engage in copying for their classes, it must be done in a fair and ethical manner.
One of the best resources to make sure class readings fall under fair dealing is to make use of the Dalhousie Libraries Course Reserves Service. By using the course reserves service, the Libraries take the guesswork out of applying fair dealing guidelines for every work used as part of class readings. And the cost of materials for students is reduced. Through the course reserves service, materials can be uploaded to Brightspace or Stable Links will be created for course readings.
Dalhousie professor Dr. Mike Smit discusses the importance of fair dealing in this video:
For more information on how fair dealing affects faculty, please read Fair Dealing for Faculty and consult our Fair Dealing Guidelines. Please feel free to contact the Copyright Office with any questions or comments at email@example.com
Fair dealing is only one exception from the Copyright Act, but it receives a lot of attention. There are numerous other exceptions and resources that overlap and supplement fair dealing allowances in an educational setting.
One exception is Section 30.04(1) of the Copyright Act that provides for an exception from copyright infringement for copying, communicating and performing in public by an educational institution or a person acting under its authority for educational or training purposes of a copyright protected work that is available through the Internet. However, this use is subject to several important restrictions. To find out more about the educational exception for works available through the Internet, visit our website: https://libraries.dal.ca/services/copyright-office/for-faculty/using-materials-from-the-internet.html
Under Section 29.5 of the Copyright Act, films may be shown by faculty and staff to students, without permission of or compensation to copyright owners, provided the screening takes place on the premises of an educational institution, the recording is a legally acquired copy, used in pursuit of education to an audience consisting mainly of students with no admission being charged. There is no longer the need to ensure a public performance license is in place if these conditions are met. Works may be performed live (such as a play) without permission under these conditions as well. For more information on showing films in a classroom setting, please visit the following section of the Copyright Office website: https://libraries.dal.ca/services/copyright-office/for-faculty/showing-films-on-campus.html
These exceptions and others are explained in detail on the Copyright Office website. Please note that all of these exceptions are subject to specific restrictions and guidelines. When in doubt, contact the Copyright Office with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Lachlan MacLeod
Fair dealing can be daunting, and there is a lot of confusion and misinformation about what fair dealing means. To clarify this confusion, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has created an infographic exploring some of the myths and facts surrounding fair dealing. The. infographic provides some of the context and history for fair dealing and clarifies some common misconceptions. It also shows how fair dealing functions in academic environments like Dalhousie University. dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/library/services/copyright-office/CARL_FD_myths_facts_EN.PDF
For more information about fair dealing, you can read all about fair dealing on the Dalhousie Libraries’ Copyright Office’s Fair Dealing Basics page, and consult our Fair Dealing Guidelines. Please feel free to contact the Copyright Office with any questions or comments at email@example.com
This is part one in a five-part series of blog posts celebrating Fair Dealing Week (February 25th to March 1st, 2019).
by Lachlan MacLeod
Fair Dealing Week (Fair Use Week in the United States) is the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)’s annual celebration of fair dealing. This week we celebrate Fair Dealing Week by providing five blog posts released throughout the week on the topic of fair dealing. These posts will outline why fair dealing is important, what fair dealing means to instructors, and how fair dealing applies to students.
Fair dealing is a right in the Copyright Act (Section 29) which allows the copying and communicating of copyrighted works without permission from or payment to the copyright holder. The Supreme Court of Canada has established a two-part, six-factor test for determining fair dealing:
1. Step One: Determine if your use of a copyrighted work is covered by any of the purposes enumerated in the Copyright Act: research, private study, criticism, news reporting, education, parody, or satire.
2. Step Two: If your use does fall under one of these purposes, then you can proceed to applying each of the six factors the Court identified. These six factors are: Purpose (different from the purpose in the first step), Character, Amount, Alternatives, Nature, and Effect.
If your use of a copyrighted work passes both of these steps, it can be deemed fair dealing. To clarify the determination of fair dealing, Dalhousie has developed a set of Fair Dealing Guidelines, in cooperation with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. These guidelines apply to all members of the Dalhousie University community – faculty, staff and students.
For more information, you can read all about fair dealing on the Dalhousie Libraries’ Copyright Office’s Fair Dealing Basics page, and consult our Fair Dealing guidelines. Please feel free to contact the Copyright Office with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to a planned power outage on campus the morning of Sat., Feb. 16, the Killam Library will open at noon (instead of 10 a.m.). We will close at the regular time of midnight.
Apologies for the inconvenience and we hope everyone has a great reading week!