OAI and Project RoMEO Initiate OAI-Rights Working Group
Open Archives Initiative and Project RoMEO Initiate OAI-rights
Ithaca, NY; Los Alamos NM; Loughborough UK. September 29, 2003.
The Open Archives Initiative and Project RoMEO announce the formation of OAI-rights. The goal of this effort is to investigate and develop means of expressing rights about metadata and resources in the OAI framework. The result will be an addition to the OAI implementation guidelines that specifies mechanisms for rights expressions within the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
The area of rights expressions is wide-open with many organizations proposing languages and mechanisms. Therefore, the OAI-rights effort will aim to be extensible, providing a general framework for expressing rights statements within OAI-PMH. These statements will target both the metadata itself and the resources described by that metadata. In the context of this broader framework, OAI-rights will use Creative Commons licenses as a motivating and deployable example.
A white paper describing the scope and issues in OAI-rights is available at:
OAI-rights work will begin in September 2003, with completion of specifications planned for second quarter 2004. A preliminary timeline for the work is as follows:
September 2003 Announcement of OAI-rights and formation of technical group End of January 2004 Release of alpha specification to controlled group End of March 2004 Release of beta specification to general public End of April 2004 Final specification release
OAI-rights Working Group Members
The members of the OAI-rights working group are:
- Caroline Arms <email@example.com> - Library of Congress
- Chris Barlas <firstname.lastname@example.org> - Rightscom
- Tim Cole <email@example.com> - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Mark Doyle <firstname.lastname@example.org> - American Physical Society
- Henk Ellermann <email@example.com> - Erasmus Electronic Publishing Initiative
- John S. Erickson <firstname.lastname@example.org> - Hewlett/Packard DSpace
- Elizabeth Gadd <E.A.Gadd@lboro.ac.uk> - Project RoMEO/Loughborough University
- Chris Gutteridge <email@example.com> - eprints.org/University of Southampton
- Carl Lagoze <firstname.lastname@example.org> - OAI/Cornell University Information Science
- Uwe Mueller <email@example.com> - Humboldt University Berlin
- Michael L. Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org> - OAI/Old Dominion University Computer Science
- John Ober <email@example.com> - California Digital Library
- Charles Oppenheim <C.Oppenheim@lboro.ac.uk> - Project RoMEO/Loughborough University
- Sandy Payette <firstname.lastname@example.org> - FEDORA/Cornell University Information Science
- Andy Powell <email@example.com> - UKOLN
- Steve Proberts <S.G.Probets@lboro.ac.uk> - Project RoMEO/Loughborough University
- Herbert Van de Sompel <firstname.lastname@example.org> - OAI/Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Simeon Warner <email@example.com> - OAI/arXiv/Cornell University Information Science
- Participant to be announced - Creative Commons
OAI-rights Organizing Committee
Carl Lagoze, Herbert Van de Sompel, Michael Nelson, Simeon Warner (for the OAI) Elizabeth Gadd, and Steve Probets (for Project RoMEO).
The OAI Executive:
For information on the Open Archives Initiative, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the news story "RoMEO and OAI-PMH Teams Develop Rights Solution Using ODRL and Creative Common Licenses."