Thursday, May 26, 2005

Digital Rights

On May 18-19, 2005 NISO held an invitational meeting to explore the standards needed to support digital rights expression and management for scholarly and educational information. This event brought together a diverse group from across the information community including digital library specialists, attorneys, publishers and content aggregators, and technologists. The Workshop presentations are linked from the Agenda. The workshop Report and Recommendations will be posted in June.

Key outcomes included recommendations to:
  • Extend the Electronic Resources Management Initiative (ERMI) model to include non-licensed objects and communities in addition to libraries.
  • Create a standardized collection of rights "bundles" similar to the Creative Commons licenses.
  • Identify a core set of requirements for rights expression relevant to the NISO community.
  • Build a reference model for content providers, libraries and museums that includes a glossary of standardized terms for rights expression.
  • Launch a campaign to educate both users and practitioners about rights and permissions. A short-term goal will be to produce a freely available, basic reference document similar to NISO's Understanding Metadata.

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