[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Use of "rights statements" module?

Ben Goldman bmg17 at psu.edu
Sun Jun 28 21:31:41 EDT 2015


Admittedly, I haven't fully thought this through, but my immediate reaction is that your notion of locating rights statements in a repository might create a discrepancy between how we manage rights statements for digital materials and how we manage them for analog. My inclination would be to make the ASpace rights statements more PREMIS-compliant, as Hillel suggests, at least in order to make the potential cross-walking from Archivematica/PREMIS/repository/etc. a little less 'fancy'. 

Incidentally, this is the kind of conversation I hope this community might have if/when it begins to consider integration with other software (at SAA on Saturday afternoon or beyond). A question I keep coming back to when thinking about digital workflows, particularly in relation to our emerging repository platform at Penn State, is which system should be considered the system of record for different types of metadata? I guess in this example, I'm thinking ASpace makes the most sense for rights statements, given the way we want our staff and researchers to use data in (and derived from) ASpace. But I'd love to hear more thoughts on this. 

Finally, I wonder if DPLA's proposed interoperable rights statements might be relevant to any examination of the rights statements field in ASpace? Maybe? Maybe not? 


Ben Goldman 
Digital Records Archivist 
Penn State University Libraries 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Hillel Arnold" <harnold at rockarch.org> 
To: "Archivesspace Users Group" <archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org> 
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2015 5:12:57 PM 
Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Use of "rights statements" module? 

Hi Mike, 
Your email is incredibly timely! We’re thinking about very similar things and I’d love to talk more in detail about your use cases and see where they might align with ours. 
An additional approach we’ve discussed is more closely aligning Rights statements in AS with PREMIS, so that they’re PREMIS-compliant rather than PREMIS-ish. 
I’d be happy to set up a call with you (and whoever else is interested) to talk through this a little more and see how we can coordinate! 

Hillel Arnold 
Lead Digital Archivist 
Rockefeller Archive Center 

From: Michael Shallcross < shallcro at umich.edu > 
Reply-To: Archivesspace Users Group < archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org > 
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 4:43 PM 
To: Archivesspace Users Group < archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org > 
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Use of "rights statements" module? 

Greetings, all; we've been exploring the rights statement module in ASpace as part of our ASpace-Archivematica grant project and had some questions. A lot of questions, to be more precise... 

Is anyone currently using (or planning to use) rights statements associated with archival objects and/or digital objects? 

If yes to the above, would this be in conjunction with conditions governing access/use statements? 

We've been exploring the wonderful world of the Yale container plugin; the ability to add start/end dates for restrictions and identify types of restrictions encompasses some of the basic features of the rights statements. 

We've also been working with Artefactual Systems to explore how Archivematica PREMIS rights information maps to the ASpace rights statements. It appears that the latter are 'PREMIS-like' but not really PREMIS compliant... which has brought us to kick around the idea that PREMIS rights might be most appropriate to record in the Archivematica AIP METS (and passed along to a repository) instead of trying to do some fancy crosswalking into ASpace. 

Any thoughts/ideas would be most gratefully appreciated. Thanks! 


Michael Shallcross, CA 
Lead Archivist for Curation 

Bentley Historical Library 
1150 Beal Ave. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113 

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