Home | Workrooms | License Expression

License Expression Working Group

This group was officially disbanded in August 2008. It's work has been assumed by the joint NISO/EDItEUR ONIX-PL Working Group and a subcommittee of the Business Information Topic Committee that will be surveying re ERMI and the broader ERM landscape.

Charge to the Working Group

The National Information Standards Organization, Digital Library Federation (DLF), EDItEUR, and Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) have agreed to form a License Expression Working Group to develop a single standard for the exchange of license information between publishers and libraries.

The DLF has supported ground-breaking work in this area through its Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) and EDItEUR has used the ERMI requirements as the foundation of its work in developing its ONIX for Licensing proof of concept model. NISO's May 2005 Digital Rights Expression Workshop identified the need to coordinate and consolidate standards efforts in digital licensing rights expression.

Scope of Work

The working group, co-chaired by Nathan Robertson (University of Maryland Law Library) and Alicia Wise (Publishers Licensing Society, UK), has as its initial charge to:

  1. Monitor and make recommendations regarding the further development of standards relating to electronic resources and license expression, including but not limited to the ERMI and EDItEUR work.

  2. Actively engage in the development of the ONIX license messaging specification.

The technical working group will develop the recommendations based on review and comments. A review group will monitor work in progress and provide feedback to the technical group.

Working Group Members

The members of the License Expression WG include:

  • Jeff Aipperspach, Serials Solutions
  • Ivy Anderson, California Digital Library
  • Fiona Bennett, Oxford University Press
  • Bob Boissy, Springer
  • Richard Boulderstone, British Library
  • Sybil Boutilier, San Francisco Public Library
  • Christie Burke, EBSCO
  • Francis Cave, EDItEUR
  • Rajesh Chandrakar, INFLIBNET
  • Chris Conley, Creative Commons
  • Trisha Davis, Ohio State
  • David Dawson, MLA
  • Tim Devenport, EDItEUR
  • Ellen Finnie Duranceau, MIT
  • Liam Earney, JISC
  • Sharon Farb, UCLA
  • Ted Fons, Innovative Interfaces
  • Karen Gibson, Blackwell Publishing
  • Brian Green, EDItEUR
  • Diane Grover, U Washington
  • Leah Halliday, SUNCAT
  • Kathryn Harnish, Endeavor
  • Nicole Harris, JISC
  • Rosemary Heald, IOP
  • Michael Healey, Nielsen BookData
  • Peter Hirtle, Cornell (Archives)
  • William Hoffman, Swets
  • David Hoole, Nature Publishing Group
  • Renato Iannella, National ICT Australia (NICTA)
  • Mary Jackson, ARL
  • Kathy Klemperer, EDItEUR
  • Ted Koppel, Ex Libris
  • Stan Kosecki, National Agricultural Library
  • Greg Malar, Rockefeller University Press
  • Michael Markwith, TDNet
  • David Martin, EDItEUR
  • Jerry McDonough, METS (UIUC)
  • Cliff Morgan, Wiley
  • Jim Mouw, University of Chicago Library
  • Adrienne Muir, U Loughborough
  • Michael Norman, UIUC
  • Norman Paskin, DOI Foundation
  • Heather Reid, CCC
  • Kathleen Quinton, OCLC
  • Ed Riding, SirsiDynix
  • Nathan Robertson, U Maryland School of Law, Co-Chair, email: nrobertson@law.umaryland.edu
  • Pam Roud, Bowker
  • Jane Secker, LSE
  • John Sheridan, UK Office of Public Sector Information
  • Owen Stephens, Royal Holloway
  • Pat Stevens, NISO
  • Mark Sullivan, SUNY Geneseo
  • Mary Summerfield, University of Chicago Press
  • Kevin Taylor, Cambridge University Press
  • Friedemann Weigel, Harrassowitz
  • Terry Willan, TALIS
  • Alicia Wise, PLS, Co-Chair, email: a.wise@pls.org.uk
  • Hazel Woodward, U Cranfield
  • Susan Yoder, RLG
  • Candy Zemon, Polaris Library Systems

Minutes of WG Meetings

Working Group Documents

Upcoming Events featuring License Expressions presentations

  • ALA Midwinter Conference , Philadelphia, PA
    License Expression Working Group: Update and Open Discussion
    Saturday, January 12th 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. (location to be confirmed)


Reference Material