Monday, June 26, 2006

Descriptive Metadata for Copyright Status

Karen Coyle wrote an interesting article for First Monday about additional metadata we might want to consider for digitized materials. There is some copyright information embedded within metadata elements. Coyle is discussing the addition of metadata that would state how the material could be used or help someone find the rights holder, e.g., to determine how the material could be used. Her list of possible elements includes those that help users determine the copyright status of a work, as well as information taken from the material and any research done by the library that would help determine copyright status and rights holders. I'm not sure if this idea has been discussed any further; if you know, let me know!

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