Over the past fifteen months Kennisland has contributed to a joint effort by Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America to develop a collaborative approach to internationally interoperable rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published online by cultural heritage institutions.
The purpose of such rights statements is to provide end users of our platforms with easy-to-understand information on what they can and cannot do with digital items they encounter via these platforms. Having internationally standardized interoperable rights statements will also help application developers and other third parties to automatically identify items that can be reused.
This effort builds on our workThe purpose of such rights statements is to provide end users of our platforms with easy-to-understand information on what they can and cannot do with digital items they encounter via these platforms. on the ++Europeana Licensing frameworkClick here for more information on this project (Dutch only)., takes the principles and approaches we have developed and makes them applicable on a global scale. We also anticipate that these statements, once they are available in early 2016, will be used by cultural heritage aggregators across the globe.
In May of this year, we ++DraftsIn this post Paul Keller and Emily Gore, Co-Chairs of the International Rights Statement Working Group, describe the progress made by the group and share the first two white papers published by the group. on the recommendations for standardized international rights statements, one on the rights statements and one on the technical framework to support the statements. Both white papers received a tremendous amount of community response.
After considering the community feedback and making significant edits to both white papers and the list of statements, we are pleased to share the final versions that describe our recommendations for establishing a set of rights statements, and the enabling technical infrastructure. These recommendations include a list of shared rights statements that the DPLA, Europeana and similar platforms can use depending on the needs of their respectiveHaving internationally standardized interoperable rights statements will also help application developers and other third parties to automatically identify items that can be reused. organizations. We expect to make the rights statements available for use on www.rightsstatements.org in early 2016 once the technical infrastructure has been developed and deployed.
Recommendations for standardized international rights statements
This paper describes the need for a common standardized approach to publishing copyright information about digitized cultural heritage objects. Based on the experience of both the DPLA and Europeana and on community feedback, we have described the principles we think any international approach to providing standardized rights statements needs to meet. Together we propose a list of ten new rights statements which can be used in situations where licenses and legal tools offered by Creative Commons cannot be applied. The statements white paper and recommended list of statements can be found here.
Requirements for the rightsstatements.org technical infrastructure
In order to ensure that the new rights statements can be used by institutions around the world, we are planning to host the new rights statements in their own namespace: rightsstatements.org. The white paper describing the technical framework for hosting the rights statements can be found here. We have recently issued an RFP to assist us in building the technical infrastructure and anticipate launching the rightsstatements.org website in early 2016.