[Oa-italia] Harvard Library Open Metadata

Iryna Solodovnik irysolo a gmail.com
Mer 25 Apr 2012 10:42:16 CEST

 The *Harvard Library* is committed to making as much of its *metadata* as
possible available through *open access...*

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Harvard Library Open Metadata

The Harvard Library is committed to making as much of its metadata as
possible available through open access in order to support learning and
research, to disseminate knowledge and to foster innovation. Open access to
metadata aligns with the university’s established commitment to open access
for scholarly communication.
Harvard Library Policy on Open Metadata

The Harvard Library provides open access to library metadata, subject to
legal and privacy factors. In particular, the Library makes available its
own catalog metadata under appropriate broad use licenses. The Library
Board is responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving disputes
concerning its interpretation and application, and modifying it as
Explanatory Material

*Does the policy apply only to catalog metadata?*

No, it applies to all metadata that the library holds. For instance, the
metadata from the DASH repository is also distributed under an open license.

*What legal and privacy factors might restrict access to library metadata?*

Some metadata may have been placed under contractual obligations preventing
distribution prior to the establishment of this policy. In such cases, of
course, the library cannot legally, and will not, distribute the metadata
beyond what such agreements allow.

Metadata that involves the usage of library materials by individual patrons
will not be distributed without sufficient anonymization or aggregation to
provide reasonable protection against the reconstruction of individual
patron usage.

*What license is used for metadata?*

Because each metadata set may have individual legal and privacy
characteristics, appropriate licenses are designed on an individual dataset
basis. However, the goal is to make these licenses as broad as possible.
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