Attribution is the practice of giving credit to the person who created the work that you have used. This might be the author of an Open Textbook that you've adopted; the creator of diagrams that you add to your adapted Open Textbook; or any other item that was not originated by you.
The attribution takes the form of a structured statement that clearly indicates who the originator is, plus other details.
Most Creative Commons licenses insist on attribution.
Attribution is a condition of any CC license that includes BY in its name:
The "BY" part of the license name indicates that, in order to comply with any of these licenses, you are compelled to attribute the original work from which you've derived your information.
As the license deed information (above) suggests, it is necessary for you to give appropriate credit.
Appropriate credit includes:
Credit the creator
Provide the title of the work
Provide the URL where the work is hosted
Indicate the type of license attached to the work, and provide a link to the license
Keep intact any copyright notice associated with the work
Source: "Smartcopying: the Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools and TAFE" by National Copyright Unit. Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
This example shows how to attribute the Adaptation Guide (featured in the Adapting Open Textbooks Tab of this LibGuide)
|DETAILS REQUIRED FOR THE ATTRIBUTION||DETAILS DERIVED FROM THE BOOK|
|Credit the creator (and web link, if available)||BC Campus Open Education|
|Provide the title of the work||Adaptation guide: a reference to adapting or revising an open textbook|
|Provide the URL where the work is hosted|
|Indicate the type of license attached to the work||CC BY 4.0 International License|
|Provide a link to the license||https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/|
|Keep intact any copyright notice attached to the work||No noticed attached|
Use clever linking when constructing your attribution
The attribution will look like this (though other variations are possible:
"Adaptation Guide: A reference to adapting or revising an open textbook" by BC Campus Open Education is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
How is this attribution formed?
Title: the title is noted as "Adaptation Guide ...", and is linked to its web location
Author: the author's name is noted, and is linked to the author's web page
License: the license type is noted, and is linked to the license deed at CC