2 minutes to read Posted on Tuesday September 5, 2017

portrait of Julia Fallon

Julia Fallon

IPR & Policy Advisor , Europeana Foundation

September update: extending the reach of rightsstatements.org, one country at a time

26 million. That’s how many rights statements changed in November 2016. Europeana, as a founding partner of rightsstatements.org, became the first cultural heritage association to implement the newly developed internationally interoperable rights statements.

Mt. Mitchell Station, Mt. Mitchell, N.C, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, public domain

Two new partners join the consortium

Library & Archives Canada & National Digital Library (India) joins Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as partners in the consortium that runs rightsstatements.org. Each partner has a representative on the Steering Committee to oversee and guide the operations of the service. And each partner contributes to the work undertaken by the Statements & Technical Working Groups to develop the statements themselves and the interoperability of them respectively.

Translations of rights statements are underway

Following the launch of the Editorial Policy and the Translation policy, 5 expressions of interest have been received to translate the statements and supporting text. Of which the DDB has been selected as the official translation partner - which means they are responsible for the delivering and maintaining the translations. A translation partner has not yet been selected for the Portuguese, Finnish, Spanish or Estonian languages.

What’s next

  • The Steering Committee Annual meeting will be held 7 & 8th September,

  • Partners are at work drafting an 18th month business plan.

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