Interoperability and service provision
European Working Group
Intellectual Property Right
Workgroup on problems connected to data protection
and intellectual property rights in relation to the
accessibility of cultural heritage via web
The sum of the activities carried out in the ambit of the Minerva project
has highlighted how strongly the problem of data protection and intellectual
property rights in relation to accessibility of cultural web sites is felt
in the countries of the European Union.
activity has as its main objective the editing of a draft of recommendations
on accessibility and the protection of data and rights, to be presented
during the Italian presidency semester of the European Union Council.
The recommendations will be align to a common European minimum,
submitting the solutions and standards already elaborated by national
institutes and through recently or nearly concluded European projects
for validation. They will deal with problems concerning archives,
libraries, and the arts, in an integrated manner, and will set as
their main objective the interoperability of data banks.
In this first
phase the group will limit itself to facing problems connected to
databanks of cultural interest that have public entities as their
promoter. The following points to be dealt with from a methodological,
legal and technological viewpoint are explained below:
- Informative materials and contents.
The approach will be for homogeneous typologies of materials, regardless of the place of
conservation, to avoid the risk of diversity in treatment of analogous materials conserved on
- Owners/holders of intellectual property rights and copyright.
- Data to render more or less accessible with regard to protection of the object and protection of personal data. Individuation of differentiated access levels depending on the qualification of the user.
Technical instruments for the control and protection of data.
- Services: exploitation at an applied level; hypotheses for a profit model (possible e-commerce uses).