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Re: Provence and property rights

At 10:29 AM +0100 9/19/04, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
>I believe it is now important for CIFs to be able to carry 
>provenance and rights as a formal part of the information. We have 
>already discussed that comments are sometimes used for this but 
>these are fragile as they are non standard and are not formally part 
>of the CIF. This is a complex issue and what follows is a starting 
>point for discussion rather than a precise proposal.
>There are at least two separate issues
>recording of the copyright. This can be multi-author so must at 
>least be loop_able. Perhaps
>_copyright_date _copyright_author
>2002 'W.Plinge'
>2003 'J.Doe'
>2004 'American Chemical Society'
>The order of copyright statements would be determined by date, not order
>re-use rights. There is now a very large movement to make scientific 
>data freely available and re-usable. The IUCr has supported this 
>(e.g. in the Inter-Union-Bioinformatics Group - 
>http://md.chem.rug.nl/%7Eberends/IUBG-FinalReport.html). The problem 
>is that most CIFs do not originally carry re-use rights or the 
>authors (implicitly or explicitly) sign them over to journals or 
>data aggregators who then restrict the re-use. I believe that it is 
>important to give the author the opportunity to state formally how 
>they wish the CIF to be re-used.
>This is a complex issue with much passion and I suggest that this 
>list restricts itself to identifying the types of policies that 
>funders, authors, publishers and aggregators may wish to impose, and 
>provide both specific and general tools for doing this. I include 
>some real current examples and possible fields could be:
>_rights_funder 'NIH'
>Access to research results.--The Committee is very concerned that 
>there is insufficient public access to reports and data resulting 
>from NIH-funded research. This situation, which has been exacerbated 
>by the dramatic rise in scientific journal subscription prices, is 
>contrary to the best interests of the U.S. taxpayers who paid for 
>this research. The Committee is aware of a proposal to make the 
>complete text of articles and supplemental materials generated by 
>NIH-funded research available on PubMed Central (PMC), the digital 
>library maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The 
>Committee supports this proposal and recommends that NIH develop a 
>policy, to apply from FY 2005 forward, requiring that a complete 
>electronic copy of any manuscript reporting work supported by NIH 
>grants or contracts be provided to PMC upon acceptance of the 
>manuscript for publication in any scientific journal listed in the 
>NLM's PubMed directory. Under this proposal, NLM would commence 
>making these reports, together with supplemental materials, freely 
>and continuously available six months after publication, or 
>immediately in cases in which some or all of the publication costs 
>are paid with NIH grant funds. For this purpose, `publication costs' 
>would include fees charged by a publisher, such as color and page 
>charges, or fees for digital distribution. NIH is instructed to 
>submit a report to the Committee by December 1, 2004 about how it 
>intends to implement this policy, including how it will ensure the 
>reservation of rights by the NIH grantee, if required, to permit 
>placement of the article in PMC and to allow appropriate public uses 
>of this literature.
>_rights_author 'BOAI'
>_rights_author_url 'http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read.shtml'
>By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability 
>on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, 
>copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these 
>articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or 
>use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or 
>technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access 
>to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and 
>distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should 
>be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the 
>right to be properly acknowledged and cited.
>_rights_publisher 'ACS'
>Electronic Supporting Information files are available without a 
>subscription to ACS Web Editions. All files are copyrighted by the 
>American Chemical Society. Files may be downloaded for personal use; 
>users are not permitted to reproduce, republish, redistribute, or 
>resell any Supporting Information, either in whole or in part, in 
>either machine-readable form or any other form. For permission to 
>reproduce this material, contact the ACS Copyright Office by e-mail 
>at copyright@acs.org or by fax at 202-776-8112.
>_rights_aggregator 'CCDC'
>Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre
>This CIF contains data from an original supplementary publication
>deposited with the CCDC, and may include chemical, crystal,
>experimental, refinement, atomic coordinates,
>anisotropic displacement parameters and molecular geometry data,
>as required by the journal to which it was submitted.
>This CIF is provided on the understanding that it is used for bona
>fide research purposes only. It may contain copyright material
>of the CCDC or of third parties, and may not be copied or further
>disseminated in any form, whether machine-readable or not,
>except for the purpose of generating routine backup copies
>on your local computer system.
>For further information on the CCDC, data deposition and
>data retrieval see:
>  www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk
>It may be useful to have a semi-controlled vocabulary of 
>abbreviations (e.g. NIH and BOAI (Budapest Open Access Initiative)) 
>and perhaps other common data licenses such as LGPL and 
>Peter Murray-Rust
>Unilever Centre for Molecular Informatics
>Chemistry Department, Cambridge University
>Lensfield Road, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1EW, UK
>Tel: +44-1223-763069
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