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About the Consortium is a joint initiative of Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Europeana, the DPLA, and many other libraries, archives and other cultural heritage institutions believe that everyone should be able to engage with their cultural heritage online.

We can help achieve this by providing cultural heritage institutions with simple and standardized terms to summarize the copyright status of Works in their collection and how those Works may be used. These simple and standardized terms we call “Rights Statements.” Providing this information is essential for those who wish to actively engage with the works they find online. Can they use it in a school report? Print it on a t­-shirt? Integrate it into a commercial app?

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What does Europeana do as a consortium member? How does it relates to the services we provide for Data Partners?

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Developing the Consortium in 2018

Today, the Consortium publish their 2018 Business Plan.  To help you get to know the work of the Consortium, read on for a whistlestop introduction to the Consortium and their goals for 2018.

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Can we achieve multilingual copyright information on Europeana?

Everyone should know what they can do with the works they discover through Europeana Collections. This is the basic premise that drives our work to help data partners apply the most appropriate rights statements to the objects they publish. What if we made the information we publish about copyright and reuse available in your native language? Would it make it easier for you to understand and share? 

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Meetings & Events

Find out where we'll be, talking about Rights Statements

International Rights Statements Working Group Annual Meeting

International Rights Statements Working Group Annual Meeting

Each year the Statements Working Group of the Consortium meet to address proposals for new rights statements, and to address issues which relate to their successful implementation and take up throughout the global cultural heritage sector.  

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Once a year the Steering Committee of the Consortium meet to discuss the development of the work of the consortium, and to develop strategy and planning for the year ahead.  

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