OpenMIC Metadata Guide

Rights Metadata


Section: Availability

Last updated: November 11th, 2008
Name
availability
Schema
rulib
Definition
This is a parent element that documents the broad availability status of the resource. Resources are made available when an organization has the authorization to do so, either because the work is in the public domain or because the institution has the right through either a copyright exception or an agreement with rights holder to make the resource available.

availability has the following components:
  • Subelements:
    • status
    • reason
    • note
Usage Note
This element is critical for both the institution and the end user. The institution will use the subelements within the "parent" element, availability, to document the availability status of the work and the rationale for the work's availability. Institutions may support a range of resources that have open availability, restricted availability and no availability. Availability status is an important management criteria, since an organization may have different management practices for resources that are restricted, unavailable or open. The use of a controlled vocabulary for 'availability status' will enable users to limit their searches to resources that are available for their reuse.
Controlled Vocabulary
N/A. Empty parent element
Example(s)
N/A
Repeatable
N
Name
availabilityStatus
Label
Availability - Status
Schema
rulib
Definition
The broad availability status of the resource.
Usage Note
This element is critical for both the institution and the end user. Institutions may support a range of resources that have open availability, restricted availability and no availability. Availability status is an important management criteria, since an organization may have different management practices for resources that are restricted, unavailable or open. The use of a controlled vocabulary for 'availability status' will enable users to limit their searches to resources that are available for their reuse.
Controlled Vocabulary
Open; Restricted; Unavailable.
"Open" means available for anyone to access.
"Restricted" means restrictions on availability, including restricted to a physical location; IP range; or user class. This does not include restrictions on appearance or condition, such as the presence of a visible watermark. An example, for restricted, would be access restricted to a single library premises based on USC Title 17 Section 108 (b) or 108 (c). "Unavailable" means that the digitized resource is not available for access, either because it is currently embargoed for use or because the resource has been removed and only the metadata record remains.
Example(s)
N/A
Repeatable
N
Name
availabilityReason
Label
Availability - Reason
Schema
rulib
Definition
Provides the rationale, generally legal grounds, for making a resource publicly available.
Usage Note
Repositories have legal and ethical obligations to ensure that access to resources does not violate copyright law. Repositories are encouraged to document the rationale for making resources publicly available. Many resources are made available because a deed of gift or license is available from the rights holder. In other cases, the work has entered the public domain. Many countries with copyright legislation have exceptions for libraries and archives to enable digital preservation and limited public access to resources. Orphan works legislation is an emerging opportunity for libraries and archives to make resources with unknown rights available for public use. The controlled vocabulary provided reflects the current US legal framework. Repositories from other countries are encouraged to replace the vocabulary with legal exceptions from their national codes.
Controlled Vocabulary
Copyright expired; Deed of gift; Mandated by law; Mandated by sponsor; Permission or license; Released to public domain; US federal document; USC Title 17 Section 108(b); USC Title 17 Section 1089(c); USC Title 17 Section 108(h).
Example(s)
Copyright expired. Released to public domain. USC Title 17 Section 108(h)
Repeatable
N
Name
availabilityNote
Label
Availability - Note
Schema
rulib
Definition
Free-text description of the resource's availability
Usage Note
This element is a free-text description to supplement and further explain the availability status assigned to the resource. It is recommended that resources that have a status of 'restricted' or 'unavailable' be explained in an availability note.
Controlled Vocabulary
N/A. Free text field
Example(s)
This resource is embargoed from access until 2009-11-22.

This resource has been removed from the repository and is no longer available for access.




 
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