Servicetypename DRM clearinghouse
Description Ability to deal with Digital Rights correctly in a changing and evolving environment: Allow the digital rights associated with an object to be presented in a consistent way, taking into account the changes in legislation. There are several digital rights expres-sion languages in the academic community and commercial world - some are being standardised the infrastructure must be able to cope with this variety and their evolution and possibly of the underlying rights. An associated problem is the circumstance in which the licence to access the object (or without which the required software is unusable) expires and the originating company no longer exists.

Contact David Giaretta, JISC
Source PARSE.Insight, PECAN2, JARVIG
Keywords DRM
Scenario A piece of software was produced by an inventor and is protected by a user key which must be renewed every year. Several years after the death of the inventor the software is needed by a researcher in another country with a different legal system. What restrictions on usage are there under this rather different system? Even if the software could legally be used, how can the appropriate software key be created? A way is needed to be able to handle the link between the rights and restrictions originally associated with the digital object and the legal system under which it is eventually used.

Implementations Didigo as a implementation of the described examination service below - allows the detection of protected publications and report about the kind of the protection measure.
PECAN2: A central task for academic and research libraries is to have assurance of continuity of access to e-journal content: both long-term digital preservation and access to back content in the event of cancellation of subscription. PECAN is a JISC-funded project to investigate how best to support libraries and their patrons through access to e-journal content post-cancellation.

In this project, the first step towards developing a potential service for use by HEIs and publishers alike will be taken by implementing the registry software needed to store, manage and access the entitlement information in a prototype. This will involve the collection of subscription data and the introduction of infrastructure in which it can be recorded.

JISC recently formed the working group JARVIG to further extend the clearing house construction of PECAN in combination with KEEPERS registry which hold information which archive contains which publications.

  • Share information on how constraints, which DRM (Digital Rights Manage-ment) systems possibly impose on preservation planning and preservation actions, can be handled under different and changing legal systems
  • Develop a dark archive for holding tools to generate licences, which would only be used if and when the commercial supplier is unable to provide this capability

Finaldestination Registry of/Clearinghouse for rights information and dark archive of licensing tools
Relevantprojects CASPAR (, ARROW (Accessible registries of rights information and orphan works towards Europeana) (, nestor (, KoLaWiss (, PECAN2
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