Past projects


The DOI system provides a technical and social infrastructure for the registration and use of persistent interoperable identifiers, called DOIs, for use on digital networks.

Rightscom provides advice and management to the International DOI Foundation (IDF) on all issues to do with metadata relating to the Digital Object Identifier System.

Specifically we manage the DOI Metadata Kernel and Data Dictionary, requests for changes with proposals for enhancements to the XML schemas in which the DOI Metadata Kernel and Data Dictionary are expressed and undertake the mapping of terms into the Vocabulary Mapping Framework (VMF) hosted by IDF.

More information about DOI can be found here.


The Linked Content Coalition (LCC) is an alliance to encourage the development of a standards infrastructure for the Creative Industries, their Intermediaries and Consumers.​​

The LCC has developed out of an earlier project dating back to October 2010 as a response to Commissioner Neelie Kroes call for “Big Ideas for the Digital Agenda” and aims to facilitate the more effective management of rights data on the internet through the development of a cross-media standardised communication layer.

The first stage of LCC defined the LCC framework covering the types of things that occupy the network, and their relationships; how to identify things in the network; how the rights data passes through the network; and how users access the data.​​

The second stage of LCC saw the creation of a not-for-profit consortium of standards bodies and registries in 2014. Its members are organizations who create and manage identifier, metadata and messaging standards for content of any media type.  The aim of the LCC is to facilitate and expand the legitimate use of content in the digital network through the effective use of interoperable identifiers and metadata.

The LCC will support interoperability between the computer systems of any and all legitimate participants in the digital network, including creators, rightsholders, publishers, aggregators, rights and content exchanges, retailers, consumers, cultural institutions, (including libraries, museums and archives) and their agents and associations. It will focus primarily on rights-related data, but will cover descriptive and technical metadata issues where these are supportive of rights management.

Rightscom was involved throughout the development of the LCC Framework both co-ordinating the core data issues and the overall project management.

More information about LCC can be found here.


Rights Data Integration (RDI) is a consortium of 16 European organisations drawn from all parts of the media supply chain and part funded by the European Commission to demonstrate how rights can be managed and traded.

The objective of the project is to create an exemplary implementation of the LCC Framework to demonstrate how participants in the content supply chain can manage and trade rights for any and all types of usage across any and all types of content (physical, digital or abstract) in any and all media under any (or no) commercial model, and to support the provision of information to Users, some of which lead to the securing of licenses, some of which may be automated.

Sources and Exchanges have their data schemas mapped once into the LCC Common Rights Format (CRF).  Mappings are one-time only; data from any mapped schema may then be transformed into any other mapped schema and aggregated with data from any other Source. Exchange Users will be able to access a comprehensive range of rightsholding and licensing data and services, many of them highly automated, covering content of a wide range of types, integrated through a single interface and allowing queries or requests for information, licenses or mandates to be routed to Sources. 

Rightscom was responsible for the original proposal for EC funding and is acting both as Project Co-ordinator and providing data mapping expertise.

More information about RDI can be found here.