The PREMIS Editorial Committee has been working on changes for rights as a result of a request by Robin Wendler at Harvard. They found in their implementation a need for several enhancements to the Rights entity semantic units for the following:
1. To allow for identifiers to link to documentation about the specific rights basis. Currently there is just a licenseIdentifier for that purpose, but it's needed for statute and copyright too.
2. To allow for rights information for other rights bases. These are being proposed in a new container otherRightsInformation
3. To allow for terms of restrictions (e.g. for embargo periods). Currently there is just term of grant.
The PREMIS-EC is working on a major revision for version 3.0. This will include changes in the data model, where intellectual entity will become another level of object instead of a separate entity and environment will become another entity rather than tied to an object. This new version won't be available probably until at least April 2012. We have had several requests to implement these rights changes earlier so are proposing the following. We would do a version 2.2 early in 2012 to include these changes. The only change that is not compatible with the existing data dictionary is changing the name of licenseIdentifier (and its components) to licenseDocumentationIdentifier (it is currently licenseIdentifier; it was felt that the name did not convey what it actually was). Thus, to do as a minor revision 2.2, the plan is to add all the new elements to the schema and state in a comment that licenseIdentifier and its components are deprecated. Then in version 3.0 they will disappear and only licenseDocumentationIdentifier (and its components) will remain.
A revision of the rights entity is attached. I have marked the changes in the listing of the semantic units (but not in the rest of it). I am also putting it on the PIGPEN wiki at:
Please comment by Dec. 23, 2011.
Rebecca S. Guenther
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