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A Visual Resources Association Webinar: Managing Rights Data

June 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration is now open for the next round of VRA Webinars, which are scheduled for June 2, June 12, and June 16.

All three sessions are free of charge to VRA (Visual Resources Association) members and non-members, although advanced registration is required.

Please register using the links below. Your registration confirmation will include the information needed to join the Zoom webinar. Contact tech@vraweb.org with any technology concerns or for further information about the Visual Resources Association go here: http://vraweb.org/.

VRA Foundation (VRA Foundation) is not affiliated with this workshop.

Tue, Jun 2 / 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST
Managing Rights Data
Moderator: Chelsea Stone
Presenters: Douglas McCarthy, Heidi Raatz, and Summer Shetenhelm
Registration Link: http://vra.memberclicks.net/vrawebinar_0602#/

Webinar Description: Managing rights data is an institutional choice that affects collections access and use. How we choose to present and share our collections changes directly affects how our audiences and community of users can interact with our collections. Conveying that rights data information to our users creates a unique lens through which to view intellectual property rights. Rights data can serve the end users to the extent that they have access to the content, generally understand how they are allowed to use the digital objects for what specified purposes, and enlighten them about the rights held in the underlying content for which they may still be responsible. What are the implications of our rights data management decisions on our collections and our users? What are some of the ways that various institutions have decided to manage their collections and rights data? The RightsStatements.org standard offers a powerful standardization tool: a system of standardized interoperable rights and reuse information under the guidance of an international member based consortium. Open access or “no rights reserved” CC0 dedication grants more freedom to our users and visibility to our collections though it may leave unanswered questions about underlying rights. And what are the ethical and policy issues surrounding reproduction licensing of works in the public domain? Four institutions will discuss how they approach managing data rights data at their institutions from both policy and technical implementation perspectives.   Should ethical issues be considered when making decisions regarding managing rights data? Do you think standardization, for example, using Creative Commons licenses or RightsStatements.org standard statements, is important? Is rights data transparency a valuable ethos when working with patrons?

Douglas McCarthy “What principles do we need for open access to cultural heritage?”
The forthcoming Declaration on Open Access to Cultural Heritage is a major initiative that seeks to support and inform accurate and culturally appropriate practices for the licensing of digitized public domain works. Douglas will present the context, purpose and approach of the community developing the Declaration, seeking to raise awareness and elicit engagement with VRA conference delegates.

Heidi Raatz “Mia & RightsStatements.org: a user-centered data standard for managing rights information”
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) recently implemented the RightsStatements.org standardized rights statements for online cultural heritage, aiming to clarify what website users can do with the art images Mia shares. RightsStatements.org provides a standard set of user-friendly statements in three main rights categories: In Copyright, No Copyright, and Other. The RightsStatements.org standard aids Mia’s mission to make accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures and helps users engage with cultural heritage online. Following a brief introduction to the standard, Heidi will share how Mia uses the RightsStatements.org statements to communicate more effectively and clearly what we know about the copyright and reuse status of our art collection images, touching on the standards’ benefits and challenges.

Summer Shetenhelm “Copyright Statements in Plains to Peaks Collective Digital Collections”
Ambiguities about copyright status of digitized resources limit users’ understanding of what can or cannot be done with these resources. This paper seeks to answer the following questions: what rights statements are included in Colorado/Wyoming regional records that have been ingested by DPLA, what rights statements are included for public domain objects, and what creation date information is included in these records? This study hopes to shed light on the state of rights representation in digital collections in the greater Colorado area.



June 2, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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United States


Chelsea Stone
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