D-Lib Magazine
October 1996

ISSN 1082-9873

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Workshop Summary: Technology Issues for Terms and Conditions

James R. Davis, Xerox PARC, and Judith L. Klavans, Columbia University

Some thirty experts in the areas of law, publishing, computing, librarianship, economics, and public policy met at a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on terms and conditions for digital objects that took place September 24-26, 1996 at the Arden Homestead conference facility of Columbia University. The workshop was organized by James R. Davis of Xerox PARC and Judith L. Klavans, Director of the Center for Research on Information Access of Columbia University.

The goal was three-fold: (1) to bring together leaders and experts from several disciplines to explore perspectives and pressing issues in intellectual property as viewed from different positions; (2) to formulate a set of common priorities for research and development proposals; and (3) to take a leading role in suggesting to funding agencies directions for research as seen from these various perspectives. In addition to these three larger goals, the technology experts attending were also seeking guidance and information on how to formulate technical languages for expressing these needs; such formalisms are essential both to express requirements on users (for example, who can access the data, e.g. students, alumni, anyone), and to express conditions on use (for example, can the data be just viewed, copied, freely distributed).

Among the issues identified were: the relation between contract and copyright law; pricing information in the networked environment; ambiguity in interpretation; the rights and obligations of content users as well as providers, for example, taxonomies of fair use; and metadata implications.

The workshop home page, which includes a list of the attendees, is http://dri.cornell.edu/tandc/workshop.html. This page will provide access to future technical papers and in-depth reports.

Goings On

Pointers in This Column:

American Medical Informatics Association http://www.amia.org
American Society for Information Science (ASIS)
1996 Annual Meeting
Argos http://argos.evansville.edu
Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library (EEVL) http://www.eevl.ac.uk/
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco http://www.thinker.org/index.html
Getty Information Institute
Categories for the Description of Works of Art
IEEE Symposium on Information
Visualization (Info Vis '96)
Library of Congress Classification System http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8459/lc.html
National Commission of Libraries and Information Science
The 1996 National Survey of Public Libraries and the Internet:
Progress and Issues: Final Report
National Science Foundation
Workshop Summary:
Technology Issues for Terms and Conditions
Stanford University Libraries:
Copyright & Fair Use Site
UCSF Center for Knowledge Management
Draft Guide to Creating Core Descriptive
U.S. Department of Education
The Future of Networking Technologies for Learning
Web Net 96 http://curry.edschool.Virginia.EDU/ AACE/conf/webnet/home.html
WebMedLit, Web Medical Literature Services http://www.webmedlit.com

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