[Open-access] NISO Recommendations on Open Access Metadata

Mike Taylor mike at indexdata.com
Tue Jan 7 09:36:04 UTC 2014

This looks pretty good, and I particularly endorse not using the term
"open access" in light of the confusion that has been engineered
surrounding that term.

But it seems terribly weak not to encode the specific bits of the CC
licences, which are nearly always what people want to express and
search for, even when an actual CC licence is not used. This
specification really needs elements like


To make it useful.

-- Mike.

On 7 January 2014 09:29, Cameron Neylon <cn at cameronneylon.net> wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers
> Cameron
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