The original content of this article is reproduced from and modified with the permission of the Catchment Knowledge Exchange Project. This Project comprises a trial to engage the soil practitioner community in the area of soil health in Victoria, Australia. The original published location of the material is located at SoilWiki.
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I have a concern about the copyright status of this article. I have requested copyright evaluation. If the current template, posted at the bottom of the article page is insufficient to establish availability under GDFL, I would be willing to put in some time to document formal permission.--Paleorthid (talk) 00:04, 10 December 2007 (UTC)
- Separately, the copyright holder has replied to me by email: --Paleorthid (talk) 00:04, 10 December 2007 (UTC)
- Thanks for contacting us. The Catchment Knowledge Exchange (CKE) Project has recently contributed a number of soil related articles to Wikipedia in the spirit of full and open collaborative development. Therefore you can freely add to or modify the material without restriction.
- The reason for adding the copyright statement to the articles is simply to indicate that the original material uploaded to Wikipedia is sourced, with full permission, from a local wiki application (SoilWiki) on the CKE website. Without it there is a risk that someone could incorrectly conclude that that wikipedia material is simply a copy of material contained elsewhere that therefore infringes copyright (in fact this happened with an early article so I had to include a mechanism such as the GNU Free Documentation Licence to avoid the article being removed by a wiki administrator). Whether the GNU Licence is the best or most efficient way of clarifying the circumstance I am not sure, but it has stood up to scrutiny for several months now without further question.
- For your information the CKE project is concluding so there will be no immediate development of new material. However, we are arranging to have the CKE website transferred to another agency, so it is possible that new material will be generated that might find its way to Wikipedia. Of course the new website custodians might decide that collaborative development of soils material might best occur directly into Wikipedia rather than the local SoilWiki installation.
- We look forward with interest to seeing how the soil articles we initiated on Wikipedia develop over time.