Tips for ethical and legal use of images in science presentations and other science communication (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer, Part 1)

When you are looking for great images to communicate about science, the internet is a treasure trove. But it is easy to overstep legal and ethical boundaries.

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Where your images come from, and how you get them, matters. (Sketching jackrabbit specimens, ©2017)

This article is the first in a series aimed at helping you enhance your #scicomm and #sciart by avoiding #visualplagiarism. It will do so by laying out some best practices for dealing with images (which are, by their nature) visual intellectual property protected by copyrights.

NOTE: I am not a lawyer, and no part of this article or series should be construed as legal advice. 

Please chime in, in the comments or by contacting me, if you have suggestions for how to enhance this article or the series.


DEFINITIONS & TIPS FOR ETHICAL AND LEGAL IMAGE USE

Images are a crucial element of compelling science communication.

After all, something like 50% of our brains are keyed in to visual stimuli. And, more than ever, compelling images are easy to find on the internet. That makes the internet a powerful #VisualSciComm tool.

However, like most tools, how you use the internet to source images can have serious implications — in this case for your outreach, reputation, and efficacy. Continue reading Tips for ethical and legal use of images in science presentations and other science communication (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer, Part 1)

October workshops: Increase Your Email Impact &/or Sketch Greek Myths

I’ll be leading two workshops next month – one on using emails for outreach and one on sketching inspired by Greek myths. See below for complete details, and I hope to see some of you at the workshops. And of course, feel free to spread the word and bring a friend!

Looking for a workshop near you? Check the calendar for upcoming workshops, or contact me to schedule a workshop in your area! Continue reading October workshops: Increase Your Email Impact &/or Sketch Greek Myths

Bouma Post Yards – 60th anniversary re-branding

BPY_old sign_reference photoBouma Post Yards (BPY) started by accident, sixty years ago.  Founders Harold and Johanna Bouma needed some posts for their property, and had to drive several hours to buy them.  The area where they live in Montana has plenty of trees – wind-warped pines and water-logged cottonwoods – but not many that make good fence poles.

Before Harold could get the fence built, his neighbors, having spotted the posts sitting out near the road, stopped by asking to purchase the whole load.  So he sold it. Continue reading Bouma Post Yards – 60th anniversary re-branding