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>I have some preliminary talks with other
>institutions about trying to develop an IP metadata extension schema based
>on the ODRL rights language.  I think this has promise, but it will take some
>time to develop.  As a first step, we might want to talk about whether ODRL
>as it currently stands (http://www.odrl.net) is suitable for storing the forms
>of information that libraries would like to record, and if not, what else is
>needed.  If anyone has any thoughts on this, please feel free to post them
>here
>or to send them to me privately.

I can tell you that the Open Knowledge Initiative folks
(http://web.mit.edu/oki/)
are looking pretty fondly at ODRL for storing rights management information for
Learning Objects. It seems to be the only alternative to XrML which has, as you
say, many problems. I'd vote that we look at ODRL first and will talk to
the OKI
people about their findings on it. Better that then making something up
ourselves...

MacKenzie/


MacKenzie Smith
Associate Director for Technology
MIT Libraries
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