Confusing 'Availability' values

Oct 12, 2012 at 19:41


Apologies if the following has already been corrected in the newest version, v3.0.

In v2.9, the _Availability_ field (under _Distribution_) has four possible values:

  • Available - Restricted use
  • Available - Unrestricted use
  • Under negotiation
  • not available through META-SHARE

The three former (as listed above) are intuitive, and allows the META-SHARE browser to select or filter LRT according to availability.

But I am not happy with the 'not available through META-SHARE' as a unique value in this list. I take this value to mean 'not _downloadable_ through META-SHARE'.

A resource might be unavailable through META-SHARE, but I would definitely think it is still relevant to specify whether its availability somewhere else is 'restricted' or 'unrestricted'. 

In other words, I think the _availability through META-SHARE_ information should be singled out as a unique piece of information (a unique field) in the schema, e.g. with the values 'yes', 'no' or 'under negotation'.


Tags: metadata availability restricted unrestriced

Discussion 2 answers

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    Answer by pennyl67 on Oct 15, 2012 at 11:30

    Hi Gunn,

    thanx for the comment; we will take this into account for the next versions.




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    Answer by prodromos on Oct 22, 2012 at 05:48

    Hi Gunn,Thanks for your very useful comments! We need to make clear thedifferent functions that "available" and "restricted" have.-"Available" refers to the actual availability of the resource throughthe META-SHARE network independently from the legal conditions underwhich it is made available, for instance, a resource is available ifit is possible to download it through the META-SHARE network with orwithout a fee, allowing or not allowing redistribution.- "Unrestricted" refers to the legal conditions under which a LR ismade available. The realm of free/ open licensing is still rathervolatile and such concepts are under continuous redefinition. However,the way we have defined unrestricted in the META-SHARE context setsthe limit in the condition of Attribution to the licensor or originalcreator of the work. Normally, the only trully unrestricted licencewould be CC Zero. However, because the condition of attribution is onefound in most jurisdictions as part of the moral rights regime thatcannot be contractually bypassed, we hold Attribution licences, suchas CCBY and BSD, to also fall under the unrestricted category.We are currently producing a compendium to support the META-SHAREservices, which will provide more detailed explanation of thedifferent licences and their operation. We hope to hear your commentson that as well!With best wishes,The META-SHARE legal team

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