Katja Wermbter - Creative Commons Certificate January 2021


Assignment 1: What is Creative Commons

Assignment 2: Copyright Law

Assignment 3: Anatomy of a CC License

Assignment 4: Using CC Licenses and CC-Licensed Works

Assignment 5: Open Access and Open Educational Resources

Final Project


Hello, my name is Katja Wermbter from Braunschweig, Germany. Since September 2020 I have been working as a project assistant at the University Library of the Technische Universität Braunschweig. So the world of librarians is still new to me, but I like it a lot!

Before that, I worked in teaching and research in German Studies (Applied Linguistics) at TU Braunschweig for 14 years. I have a PhD in German Studies and researched on multilingual communication in university expert talks.

I have been following the Open Access movement with interest for many years, and in 2013 my PhD thesis was published Open Access by a well-known German online publisher for conversational analysis.

Over the next three years, Braunschweig University Library will develop a Specialised Information Service ("Fachinformationsdienst" or short "FID") for the fields of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Studies. It is a joint project with University and State Library Darmstadt, the TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and the Fraunhofer Information Centre for Planning and Building. Our portal is still under construction, but you can already visit it here: http://fid-bau.de.

In this project, I am specifically in charge of the Open Access services. I would therefore like to learn more about the Creative Common licences in order to be able to help scientists with their open access publications and advise them on the choice of a free licence.

My favourite way to spend my free time is with my family - I am wife to Kristian and mum to daughter Kathalina (5 years old). We are enthusiastic geocachers and hikers! In addition, my daughter and I are big book lovers.

I am looking forward to spending time together at the CC Certificate 2021!