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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 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 PREMIS 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:
http://www.loc.gov/standards/premis/Rights-in-the-PREMIS-Data-Model.pdf
Further information about the PREMIS Maintenance Activity is at:
http://www.loc.gov/standards/premis/

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^^  Rebecca S. Guenther                                   ^^
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