[OAI-general] Release of OAI rights specification

Simeon Warner simeon at cs.cornell.edu
Tue May 3 21:23:26 EDT 2005

We are pleased to announce the release of guidelines for conveying rights
expressions about metadata in the OAI-PMH framework:

The guidelines specify a mechanism for including rights expressions that
pertain to the contents of the <metadata> parts of records in OAI-PMH
responses. No new rights expression language has been created. Instead,
the specification provides a mechanism to include existing and future XML
rights expressions. Description of rights expressions associated with set
and repository aggregations is supported through manifests of rights
expressions in set and repository descriptions. The design has been guided
by the need for simple and clear semantics that will allow
service-providers to make harvesting and use decisions based on these
rights expressions.

The guidelines were developed by the OAI-rights effort initiated in
collaboration with project RoMEO, and have benefited from the broad
experience of a number of contributors:

Best wishes,
Carl Lagoze,
Herbert Van de Sompel,
Michael Nelson,
Simeon Warner

Simeon Warner                 Email: simeon at cs.cornell.edu
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