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The gaps - what won't APIs solve

Page history last edited by Mia 11 years, 2 months ago

Time to use your cynical voice!

Comments (9)

Virginia said

at 2:07 am on Apr 8, 2009

Poor metadata quality / completeness. In some cases call at your own risk!

Though maybe we can use APIs to feed back new and improved metadata into collection management systems after letting users or volunteers loose on it.

Therefore, it follows. APIs solve everything.

Mia said

at 5:56 pm on Apr 9, 2009

I wonder if copyright issues might tie in here...

Paul Rowe said

at 5:26 am on Apr 27, 2009

APIs will expose the existing problems with copyright. What data/images can be re-used? How can it be used? Records with incorrect copyright noted may receive attention from users, although I believe it's good to get the 'copyright holder unobtainable' type material on the web as it may establish a link with a genuine copyright holder. Auckland Art Gallery's experience was that several 'lost' copyright holders came forward after their material went on the web and that the discussions with these holders were fruitful.

Mia said

at 10:14 am on Apr 27, 2009

That's really interesting! I think people assume that conversations with any rediscovered copyright holders who come forward are going to be difficult, but of course they don't have to be. Do you know if anyone's written up the process with a link I could share?

Paul Rowe said

at 10:56 pm on Apr 27, 2009

AAG's senior registrar, David Reeves, spoke about it the National Digital Forum conference in 2008. He was the chair of a session on copyright. I haven't been able to find a quote from him on the web. The original paper about their project in only available from academic libraries (i.e. purchase it if you don't hold an academic account with the library): http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do?contentType=Article&hdAction=lnkhtml&contentId=861999

Mia said

at 1:56 pm on Apr 28, 2009

I found this listing (http://ndf.natlib.govt.nz/about/forum2008.htm) of the 2008 National Digital Forum 'Creating Value in a Digital New Zealand' but it doesn't list the presentation, I guess cos it wasn't able to be made public? I might ask on Museum.30 (http://museum30.ning.com/) to see if anyone who was there made notes.

Virginia said

at 10:01 pm on Apr 28, 2009

I was in that session, with George Oates and Lewis Brown (who works for DigitalNZ as a rights advisor). I don't recall the comment but it would have been in conversation, as it was a forum-type format. I have a funny feeling Seb made similar comment at some point about the Powerhouse's experience. I'll flick David a link to this page so he can comment if he has time (he's currently shifting institutions, so a bit busy).

BTW - would be great to get more people from overseas to the NDF this year: http://digitalnz.org/contributor/news/article-national-digital-forum-2009-conference/

Paul Rowe said

at 4:04 am on Apr 29, 2009

I did find this quote from David about the positive spin-offs of going through clearance of copyright:
"The response from most of those contacted, particularly New Zealand artists, was overwhelmingly positive. The gallery was careful to explain the objectives of the project and to demonstrate that it understood concerns about potential loss of control of intellectual property rights. Further positive outcomes were renewed contact between the gallery and its community of artists, and updated list of artists' addresses and feedback providing additional and enhanced information about works held in the collection" - One big picture, 12,000 little pictures: the Auckland Art Gallery collection management and access programme (David Reeves, 2003)


Mia said

at 6:47 pm on Apr 30, 2009

Thanks Paul, that's really useful.

Virginia - that's so tempting!

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