[open-bibliography] Wikipedia project: bibliographic-archival data base

Karen Coyle kcoyle at kcoyle.net
Thu Sep 15 21:23:00 UTC 2011

Yes, it is very complex. When I was doing the rights metadata work at  
the U of California, I ended up providing a way to store the relevant  
information that supports a copyright determination - like copyright  
holder, author (because you need to know if the author is dead or  
alive, even if they are not the copyright holder), jurisdiction (the  
rules are different in different countries), contact information, etc.  
If the author has assigned a license to their work, like a CC license,  
then that would be a key piece of information.

What you cannot do, however, is determine what the copyright status  
is, at least not if you are not absolutely sure.

The work I did before on this is here:


The users guidelines document explains things best:

Some of it may not be relevant to all situations; as I said before,  
this had to also cover archives of papers, etc.


Quoting William Waites <ww at styx.org>:

> * [2011-09-13 13:35:09 -0700] Karen Coyle <kcoyle at kcoyle.net> écrit:
>> But we do need metadata for rights in order to do that. I did a rights
>> metadata schema for the University of California some years ago,
>> although it may be too complex (it was designed to also meet the needs
>> of archives). DC has a rights field that is very simple - it would be
>> good, though, to define a set of values. Does anyone know of a rights
>> vocabulary we could use?
> There is some of this in the CC machine readable stuff, for describing
> the nature of the licenses, the terms, who must be attributed when,
> etc., sufficient that you could say that their standard licenses are
> just different configurations of these primitives.
> I haven't looked very closely at it, and this starts to get into
> things like modelling legal documents, agreements, legislation,
> contracts, etc. if you look at it too closely and then generalise.
> -w
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