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RightsStatements.org is a joint initiative by Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). We intend to develop a set of standardized rights statements that answers the needs of cultural heritage institutions and aggregators across the globe. To facilitate this we are working on setting up an open governance model that will enable other interested parties to participate in the further development of RightsStatements.org. If you are interested in contributing to the rights statements, or if you have questions related to the project or our rights statements, please get in touch via info@rightsstatements.org.

There are currently two active working groups. The International Rights Statements Working Group and its Technical sub-group.

International Rights Statements Working Group

The task of the International Rights Statements Working Group is to steward the development of the rights statements offered by RightsStatements.org. Its main purpose is to ensure that the rights statements address the needs of cultural heritage institutions and aggregation platforms while ensuring that the conform to the design principles identified in the white paper “Recommendations for Standardized International Rights Statements”.

The International Rights Statements Working Group is chaired by Emily Gore (DPLA) and Paul Keller (Kennisland) and has the following members: Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright & Intellectual Property, New York Public Library; Julia Fallon, IPR and Policy Advisor, Europeana; Lucie Guibault, Associate professor, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam; Karen Estlund, Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies, Penn State University Libraries; David Hansen, Assistant Clinical Professor & Faculty Research Librarian, UNC School of Law; Antoine Isaac, R&D Manager, Europeana; Tom Johnson, PhD Student, University of Washington Information School; Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, University of Michigan Library; Mark A. Matienzo, Collaboration & Interoperability Architect, Stanford University Libraries; Patrick Peiffer, Digital Librarian, Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg; Amy Rudersdorf, Senior Consultant, AVPreserve; Richard J. Urban, Digital Asset Manager and Strategist, Corning Museum of Glass; Maarten Zeinstra, Technical Coordinator, Europeana Licensing Framework, Kennisland; Matt Lee, Technical Lead, Creative Commons; and Diane Peters, General Counsel, Creative Commons.

Technical Working Group

The task of Technical Working Group is to develop and maintain the technical infrastructure and data model that powers the rights statements offered by RightsStatements.org, as defined in the white paper “Requirements for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements”.

The Technical Working Group is chaired by Mark Matienzo (Stanford University Libraries) and Antoine Isaac (Europeana) and has the following members: Valentine Charles, Data R&D Coordinator, Europeana; Esmé Cowles, Digital Infrastructure Developer, Princeton University; Karen Estlund, Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies, Penn State University Libraries; Tom Johnson, PhD Student, University of Washington Information School; Patrick Peiffer, Digital Librarian, Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg; Richard J. Urban, Digital Asset Manager and Strategist, Corning Museum of Glass; and Maarten Zeinstra, Advisor, Copyright and Technology, Kennisland.