The Library of Congress' Network Development and MARC Standards Office is
pleased to announce the availability of a study written by Karen Coyle on
how rights information needed for digital preservation activities is
handled in the PREMIS data dictionary.

The Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies (PREMIS) Working
Group developed the Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, which is a
specification containing a set of "core" preservation metadata elements
that has broad applicability within the digital preservation
community.  It constructed a data model that defined entities involved in
the preservation process  and their relationships.  One of the entities in
this data model is rights statements, which specify terms and conditions
for using the objects in a preservation repository.  The PREMIS Working
Group chose to consider only rights required for preservation activities
in scope for its work, rather than rights for access.  Because of the
ambiguity of the laws concerning intellectual property rights and the
complexity in  the roles that institutions play in digital preservation in
relation to access, it was difficult for the Working Group to thoroughly
cover all information needed about rights to preserve in the data

The Library of Congress, as part of the PREMIS maintenance activity,
commissioned Karen Coyle to provide this study to assist the newly
established PREMIS Editorial Committee, in consultation with the PREMIS
Implementers. Group, with its first revision of the data dictionary and
schemas.  The intention is to improve the specification so that
institutions trying to assess their rights to preserve materials in
digital formats will be able to provide enough information in their
digital repositories to make such assessments about their materials over
time. In this study Karen Coyle reviews the landscape of digital rights,
analyzes various preservation rights scenarios and the sorts of
preservation actions that digital repositories might take, relates
copyright law to preservation actions, and provides recommendations for
revision where the data dictionary needs expansion. 

Rights in the PREMIS Data Model is available at:
Further information about the PREMIS Maintenance Activity is at:

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