Working the Web – using or abusing?

I spent a good part of today attending a professional development session for Teacher Librarians. Amongst the things discussed was ethical use of resources and the issues around plagiarism.

In this context I am wonder where developments in Web 2.0 software will take us. Joe reports on Clipmarks. is a website which enables you to clip images and text onto a website to store and, optionally, share. Just like how you can take magazine and newspaper clippings, Clipmarks allows you to do this on websites.

Clipmarks requires you to install a extension or an toolbar. Say you are researching a specific topic and you have multiple sites open, each with a snippet of text or an image you want to take note of. With Clipmarks, you can simply open each source in a new tab in your browser, go into clip mode (first icon in toolbar), and clip multiple objects from each site. You will find all of your clippings still intact in each tab/site. Then, when saving your clippings, you will see that the Clipmark page will include all clippings grouped by source on one page. I have found this very useful, especially for when researching.

The idea behind Clipmarks isn’t just to store things – it’s to share them. is a bookmarking service designed for storing and sharing bookmarks. However, on del.icio.us you do not have the option to keep these bookmarks private. Clipmark is a bookmarking site with a twist.

Well yes! As Joe says "When does Clipmarks become a copyright breach? Copying copyrighted images and text (in quantities larger than an excerpt) surely isn’t fair use."

Solution Watch offers this information:

"Say you are researching a specific topic and you have multiple sites open, each with a snippet of text or an image you want to take note of. With Clipmarks, you can simply open each source in a new tab in your browser, go into clip mode (first icon in toolbar), and clip multiple objects from each site. You will find all of your clippings still intact in each tab/site. Then, when saving your clippings, you will see that the Clipmark page will include all clippings grouped by source on one page. This could be very useful, especially for when researching".

Read the full report from SolutionWatch here. Lets see what happens!

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