DOI Out reach Conference tackles rights management and licensing

On 21 November, the DOI Outreach Conference 2014 took place in Milan, Italy and focused on the application of DOI to the content industries.

The conference was co-organised by the International DOI Foundation and mEDRA, the multilingual European DOI Registration Agency, set up in 2004 by the Italian Publishers Association in partnership with CINECA.

Starting from the use cases for academic publications and scientific datasets, the Conference moved from the most well-known application of the DOI to create a linked ecosystem for the academic and research community, to different context of application and different content types, such as films and television assets, educational content, Massive Open Online Courses and Public sector information, demonstrating the cross-sector nature of the DOI and how it has enabled targeted services.

With over 100 million DOI allocated worldwide to all kinds of content, the next step was naturally to put the DOI in a broader environment and see when and how the existence of DOIs is beneficial for external projects and initiatives. The focus this year was: rights management and easy licensing.

Linked by the principles of Linked Content Coalition, the dedicated session presented use-cases all collaborating with each other and sharing a basic assumption “If you don’t know what it is, you can’t talk of rights”

  • The initiative of the Italian CLEARedi to promote the discoverability of the rights related to textual content through the use of rights-aware DOIs, and offer online licensing options in collaboration with CCC
  • The UK copyright Hub “building technology to help copyright work the way the internet works” thus making licensing simpler
  • The prototype multi-media rights data “hub” developed with the RDI project (Rights Data Integration) to simplify the processes that connect rights-users to rightholders
  • FORWARD that is building an ARROW-like infrastructure to support diligent search in the audiovisual sector
  • The Entertainment Identifier Registry that by providing  a DOI-based global identifier supports the movie and TV industry to streamline their processes, including digital distribution and related rights management.

Finally, each session was followed by a short technical corner to explain the technical solutions the common approaches to support interoperability among services driven by DOI.
All the presentations are available on the IDF website