Past projects

Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP)

Rightscom provided the programme management for ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol), a non-proprietary global permissions tool to facilitate the relationship between content owners and intermediaries and aggregators on the internet.

Book Rights Registry

Rightscom developed the identifiers and metadata for the Registry, the Registry data structure requirements, the Registry data dictionary and contributed to the Registry User Specification Requirements.

Copyright compliance for inflight music system

Rightscom undertook an appraisal of licensing agreements to ensure that the client was fully in compliance with its legal obligations with regard to copyright musical works and sound recordings.

E-Books metadata and interoperability test bed

Rightscom led the development of a metadata and interoperability test bed to help progress the issue of standardising access to e-book catalogue information across the product lifecycle.

The Global Repertoire Database

The Global Repertoire Database (GRD) was conceived as a central, authoritative, comprehensive multi-territorial source of the global repertoire of musical works copyright metadata.

The project involved a wide stakeholder group including creators, music publishers, music right societies and digital service providers. Rightscom chaired the meetings of the GRD Working Group that oversaw the project and supported the client during an initial high-level requirements gathering process that lead to the appointment of Deloitte as the overall project manager and the International Copyright Enterprise (ICE) and FastTrack providing the technical solution upon which the GRD was to be built. Rightscom built consensus around the issues for which resolution was required for the successful implementation of the GRD, particularly in the area of governance and the set up of a legal vehicle to house the GRD.

Identifier interoperability for repositories

Rightscom participated in a project to understand better the requirements of the identifier and repository communities for the use of persistent identifiers in order to facilitate interoperability where required.

Licence registry; pilot implementation

Rightscom participated in the development of a Licence Registry that enabled key elements of licences to be made available so that a user can be provided with licence information at the point of use without additional human intervention.

Music licensing processes

Rightscom undertook detailed requirements gathering, the development of a data model, the mapping of this and all the parties’ data models to a common data exchange format so that companies can efficiently communicate information regarding musical works licensing.  The work conducted by Rightscom directly lead to international standard for the communication of licensing information as well as the successful implementation of the developed processes across the music industry.

Open access to scholarly research

Rightscom led this project is to synthesise and generate evidence on the benefits that open access to scholarly research outputs has generated to the public sector, and to provide case studies of organisations that have realised such benefits.

Open Educational Resources (OER) – new business models

Rightscom participated in this project which developed new ways of augmenting the OER ‘pool’ with high quality published content by investigating new business models for embedding published works in OER.

Public Domain in Europe

Rightscom led a major analysis of the scope and nature of the public domain in Europe for the European Commission. We assembled quantitative and qualitative data and produced a methodology for measuring the public domain which can be used and refined for future studies both within Europe and further afield.

Publishing Marketing Watch

Rightscom undertook a major analysis of the competitiveness of the European publishing industry for the European Commission’s Directorate general for Enterprise. We provided high-level analysis and recommendations to help the EC and the publishing industry identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the future

Rights Data Dictionary (RDD)

The MPEG Rights Data Dictionary standard (ISO/IEC 21000-6) was developed to meet the needs of rights owners and consumers by providing a consistent vocabulary for digital rights management.  Rightscom was closely involved in the development of the specification. It brought together the Contecs:DD consortium and wrote the proposal which was adopted as baseline by MPEG. The company also provided the editors, who used their expertise in rights semantics, gained during the project.

Understanding different supply chains

Based on Rightscom’s knowledge of how different content types’ supply chains operate, Rightscom advised a major player in the music supply chain on how best to widen it’s service offering to text publishing.  As a consequence of this engagement, the client was able to make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Vocabulary Mapping Framework (VMF)

VMF was developed by Rightscom with funding from the Joint Information Services Committee (JISC).  It provides support for semantic interoperability across communities by providing extensive and authoritative mapping of vocabularies from content metadata standards and proprietary schemes. VMF is not intended as a replacement for any existing standards, but as an aid to interoperability, whether automatic or human-mediated. It includes mappings of terms from code lists or allowed value sets in the existing standards to the RDA/ONIX vocabulary, enabling the computation of “best fit” mappings between any pairing of standards.