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ICSTI: recent circulars

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <epc-l@iucr.org>
  • Subject: ICSTI: recent circulars
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 14:51:43 GMT
Dear All

Please find attached some icsti circulars.

Fwd: [OAI-general] 3rd OAForum Workshop detailed programme available
From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>

We, the Open Archives Forum, are pleased that we can now offer a detailed
programme of the 3rd Open Archives Forum Workshop  Networking Multimedia
resources , which will be held in Berlin on 27-29th March, 2003. More detailed
information you ll find on the Open Archives Forum website

The aim of the Berlin workshop is to explore which specific requirements and
demands ought to be carefully weighed and considered before a digital media
archive is made available via the Internet. Within this workshop we will 
different approaches to network media repositories, libraries, archives and 
information resources using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata
Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

A tutorial on the implementation of OAI-PMH will be held the day before the
workshop (on March 27th) for those who are not familiar with this protocol. 
van de Sompel (Cornell University) will present the current status and 
activities of
the Open Archives Initiative (OAI).

Different international projects (Prometheus, Myless/MyCoRe, Ninch Guide,
ArtWorld, MIND) will give an idea of their work and present their practical
implementation for the building of networks and open archives. Besides all,
participants are invited to discuss key issues in small group breakout
sessions, such as: metadata for multimedia objects, technical copyright
enforcement and Open Access and share experiences with tools.

Registration on the Open Archives Forum website:
Please register soon. Places are limited.

Contact: Birgit Matthaei
Phone.: ++49-30-2093 7077
Email: birgit.matthaei@cms.hu-berlin.de

The Scientist Editorial
From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>



there is an Editorial on OA with sepcific reference to The Public Library of
Science. [Registrations is required]

An extract:

>>>>The most obvious beneficiaries are scientists with limited funds, such as
>>>>those working in poorer countries, smaller institutes, and unfashionable
>>>>fields. But even in large, well-funded centers library budgets are feeling 
>>>>pinch and can't stretch to include every journal desired, so all 
scientists will
>>>>benefit, as will many other groups, including policy-makers, journalists,
>>>>teachers, and physicians.

A bit simplistic in my opinion, but a further contribution to the debate.....

Bye, Barry

The ROMEO Project
From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>



There is information on the ROMEO Project including information on a large
number of the copyright schemes as applied by Learned Journals

Extract from the 'blurb':

"Classical textual copyright law is designed for on-paper text that is sold 
revenue. The primary protections on which copyright focuses concern protection
of the author and the publisher from theft-of-copies-of-the-text, and only
secondarily with other concerns, such as plagiarism, corruption, or misuse of 
text (other than stealing it or selling it illicitly).  In the digital era, 
and especially for
texts from which the author does not seek sales revenue, the other rights must 
very explicitly formulated. Professor's Oppenheim's is accordingly a very
important and timely project that has my fullest support."  Professor Stevan

The RoMEO Project (Rights MEtadata for Open archiving) is funded by the [UK]
Joint Information Systems Committee for one year (1 August 2002 - 31 July 
to investigate the rights issues surrounding the 'self-archiving' of research 
in the
UK academic community under the Open Archive Initiative's Protocol for
Metadata Harvesting.

It will perform a series of stakeholder surveys to ascertain how 'give-away'
research literature (and metadata) is used, and how it should be protected.
Building on existing schemas and vocabularies (such as Open Digital Rights
Language) a series of rights elements will be developed. A solution for the
protection of the IPR in metadata itself will also be created.

Interview with the Research Library Group President
From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>

Interesting this, an interview with James Michalko in Ubiquity the magazine of 
ACM (The Association for Computer Machinery).

An Extract:

"[Michalko] For instance, all of these [archive, museum & library] communities
have hatched their own sets of descriptive practices and standards for the
different collections that they keep. That's great. But now that we find it 
to interoperate, those institutional silos don't make a lot of sense to the 
community. You end up having conversations about standards, descriptive
practices and encoding practices from one community to the other. Everybody
subscribes to the big good of providing broad access. When you get down to the
details, you realize that for it to happen, you must honor the existing 
practices and yet get people to see how they can work together and 
So there's a little bit of a disconnect with the high level rhetoric. Yes, we 
all honor
the same things but at a practical level, how do we do it? RLG tries to make a
contribution at both of those levels and to make connections across these 

In my opinion, a more realisitc view thatn the one in the other message from 

Bye, Barry

German copyright levy on new PCs
From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>

Sorry for all the recent messages - sometimes there are a lot of interesting
things....This one comes from Peter Subers excellent weblog on Freedom of

Germany is set to impose a copyright levy of about US $13 on each new
computer sold in that country. The money would go to a fund to reimburse
copyright holders for unauthorized copying.
For some history on this, see FOSN for 8/31/01 (scroll to the third story). 
What I
can't tell is whether the copyright levy on hardware will come with universal
permission to copy. If so, that's a big gain for a small cost and users should
decide whether it's a bargain.
Hardware manufacturers oppose the plan and actually prefer DRM. If the levy
does not imply permission to copy, then which copying does it cover? If it 
copying without prior permission, then users will simply stop asking for
permission, and convert all copying to pre-paid copying. If it covers copying
without pre- payment, then that begs the question. What does the levy pre-pay?
The German plan needn't be this paradoxical, but the news accounts I've seen 
far don't explain how the plan would continue to distinguish authorized from
unauthorized copying. (3/8/2003 1:39:05 PM)

Peter is right, there are more questions than answers here; but the 
implication is
clear; those who have paid the levy will feel free to copy, or even argue they 
the right.....
I would disagree wih him that paying the levy actually needs to imply 
what is the point of it unless certain permissions are implied when you pay 

In France they have had for many years a levy on photocopiers to pay IPR 
Don't know how it actually works in practice, who gets the money?? Anybody any


Best wishes

Peter Strickland
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