Thursday, June 17, 2004

Dublin Core

The Usage Board is pleased to announce the approval of two new terms with the status of "conforming":
  • License - "A legal document giving official permission to do something with the resource."
  • Rights Holder - "A person or organization owning or managing rights over the resource."
The full text of the decision is available.

These terms were proposed by Stuart Weibel, Andy Powell, and Eric Miller to meet the basic needs of identifying a license associated with a resource and identifying (or naming) a person or organization holding rights over the resource. Users are cautioned that given the DCMI model of a resource with properties, there is no implied or inherent relationship between a License and a Rights Holder.

The Usage Board recognizes that meeting these basic needs may be insufficient for many applications, and the approval of these two terms is not intended to preclude the use of more sophisticated solutions for describing rights.

The new terms will be described in DCMI Metadata Terms and related documents, as well as in RDF and XML schemas provided by DCMI.

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