[openbiblio-dev] Fwd: Open Metadata Handbook

Primavera De Filippi primavera.defilippi at okfn.org
Fri Feb 10 10:57:14 UTC 2012

Hi Peter,
there are various possibilities to describe the rights vesting into a work.
I probably do not know all of them, but for instance in Dublin Core, you
can use the term dc:rights
Term Name: rightsURI:http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/rightsLabel:Rights
Definition:Information about rights held in and over the
rights information includes a statement about various property rights
associated with the resource, including intellectual property rights.as
well as dc:license and dc:rightsHolder - see

DOAP also provides the doap:license, although this vocabulary is
specialized for open source software.

My personal preference would be the use of ccREL
It provides the possibility to associate a resource directly to a license:
e.g. <http://lessig.org/blog/> xhtml:license <
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/> .
or to actually describe the permissions / prohibitions / attributes of a
license by means of specific license properties.
More details here: http://www.w3.org/Submission/ccREL/  (section 3.2:
License Properties)

ccREL might not cover all the possible conditions/obligations of a license,
but it's always possible to ask CC to add a few elements if necessary (e.g.
public domain). As part of CC-France, we can easily get in touch with the
people working on the CC vocabulary   :)

Let me know if this answer your inquiries.

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM, Peter Murray-Rust <pm286 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> Thanks very much Primavera - looks very thorough though I have read all of
> it. Nice to see the Open Bibliographic Principles
> In open-science/access we are going to be annotating bibliographic entries
> with metadata ABOUT openness and restrictions of rhe referenced object.
> E.g. "this entry points to a paper which is in the public domain". "There
> is no information about ownership" "the paper carries a copyright notice".
> "this paper is labelled as Open Access" (doesn't mean it is necessarily
> OKD-compliant). Are there any vocabularies for this?
> If there are formal licences on the article then we can reference them.
> But many articles have home-grown conditions. There are also times involved
> ("this paper will remain open access for 3 months" as if this was possible).
> We are trying to identify the "OKD-compliant" papers in the Open subset of
> UK/PMC. This is surprisingly hard. A metadata system is critical
>> P.
> --
> Peter Murray-Rust
> Reader in Molecular Informatics
> Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
> University of Cambridge
> CB2 1EW, UK
> +44-1223-763069
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