[OAI-implementers] Beta OAI-PMH specification re rights pertaining to metadata

Hussein Suleman hussein at cs.uct.ac.za
Thu Nov 4 05:25:06 EST 2004


looks rather interesting.

the only major comment i have is about the requirement (in para4 of 
section 3) that you may only have one <rights> package. this restriction 
seems somewhat arbitrary given that we dont know how many rights 
expression languages will emerge to be popular in the near future. in 
case there is a small (>1) set, do we really want service providers to 
map from one language to another (even if dps have that information but 
cannot encode it)?

in section 5, do you not want to also state that if a sp does not 
understand a rights statement, then that sp should ignore the metadata 

and a somewhat pedantic comment:
shouldnt section 5 say: "Harvesters should look for and abide by the 
contents of ALL rights expressions included using this mechanism within 
records they harvest." instead of "any rights expressions"?


herbert van de sompel wrote:

> Hi all,
> We are very pleased to announce the availability of a beta specification
> detailing an approach to convey rights expressions pertaining to metadata
> disseminated via the OAI-PMH.
> This beta specification is the result of the work of the OAI-rights
> technical committee that started its activities in September 2003,
> following a joint initiative of the Open Archives Initiative and Project
> RoMEO.
> (*) The beta specification is available at:
> <http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/2.0/guidelines-rights.htm>
> (*) The press-release that announced the launch of the OAI-rights
> activity is available at:
> <http://www.openarchives.org/news/oairightspress030929.html>.  This press
> release includes the list of participants in the OAI-rights effort.
> We hereby solicit public feedback on the specification. We aim to release
> the specification by the end of 2004, and therefore request feedback by
> the end of November 2004. Please send your comments to the
> oai-implementers list <oai-implementers at openarchives.org>.
> Greetings!
> Carl Lagoze
> Michael Nelson
> Herbert Van de Sompel
> Simeon Warner

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