[Open-access] NISO Recommendations on Open Access Metadata

Cameron Neylon cn at cameronneylon.net
Tue Jan 7 09:29:24 UTC 2014

Dear All

I've been involved in a NISO working group looking at standards for expressing licensing and readership rights in published literature. We have generated a set of recommendations for metadata to be transmitted with articles and/or made available in appropriate repositories. The recommendations are now available for a comment: 

OAMI public workroom page (http://www.niso.org/workrooms/oami/) 
Public landing page for the draft and online comments form - http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/document.php?document_id=12047

The recommendations are actually very minimal in form but they represent an agreed view from a very wide range of stakeholders which is valuable. Their adoption could significantly reduce the confusion around re-use rights and reading rights. You will notice that there is a complete avoidance of the term "open access" in the metadata elements. This is quite deliberate as a means of avoiding disagreements over what "counts" as open access while focussing on making information that is hopefully reasonably objective available. 

There are also things we decided not to tackle, including the actual location of copies (this is covered by existing Crossref elements and may in fact be undefined if the metadata is being transmitted with a copy) and visual identifiers. The fact that we didn't include that in this doesn't of course mean that others couldn't expand this set of elements by local agreement for their own purposes.



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