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Rights Data Integration

Project description

Europeana and creativity
Rights Data Integration will show how rightsholders (e.g. a publisher, rights society, individual photographer) can manage and trade rights with rights users in any media and using any business model.

A number of rightsholders from different media sectors (e.g. text publishing, musical works, broadcast music, news, still images, audio visual) some of whom will be the original creators of a work and others managers of the rights to that work, will provide rights data in their current formats to a central transformation hub. 

Some rightsholders will use open standards (e.g. ONIX, RightsML, PLUS), others will use proprietary standards.  The hub will use a data model created by the Linked Content Coalition to transform the data into a common format, and then into one of a number of existing formats accepted by exchanges providing a transactional interface with rights users. 

The project will examine the practicality of the transformation process, the process by which existing schemas for both rightsholders and exchanges need to be enhanced and/or new schemas created, and the practicality of how rightsholders can respond to automated queries from rights users.

Rights Data Integration (RDI) is an exemplary implementation of a framework being developed by the Linked Content Coalition (LCC) to demonstrate how participants in the content supply chain can manage and trade rights for any and all types of usage across any and all types of content (physical, digital or abstract) in any and all media under any (or no) commercial model, and to support the provision of information to Users, some of which lead to the securing of licenses, some of which may be automated.
The LCC has developed out of an earlier project as a response to Commissioner Neelie Kroes call for "Big Ideas for the Digital Agenda".
A significant constraint in the growth of the online content sector is the need for better solutions for discovering, licensing and delegating intellectual property rights, allowing potential users better information and access, and enabling creators and rightsholders to be properly rewarded.
The development of a centralised platform to address the issue is not considered either practical or desirable. On the other hand, standardising the manner in which IP rights are expressed would lower barriers to entry to facilitate the development of a market for technology solutions: but it is not considered practical to replace existing rights metadata standards designed for individual media sectors with a single, all-encompassing standard. The proposed solution is to specify the essential standards framework for cross-media rights management and to encourage existing standards organisations to collaborate in creating interoperability and commonality using the LCC specifications.
The unique and innovative feature of the LCC's work is its Rights Reference Model which allows rights metadata for any kind of content to be integrated to any level of detail in a structure which is technology-neutral and extensible for future developments

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

PB - Pilot Type B


EU contribution
€ 325 019,00
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Farrow (Mr.)
Total cost
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