In exchange with the Competence Centre for Licensing, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin developed internal guidelines for licensing of electronic documents:
- With respect to the licensors our intention is to realise the maximum requirements for the CrossAsia Standard License Agreement. These are hundred-percent compliant with the licensing requirements of the FID programme.
- Changes and adjustments are possible, provided they do not significantly interfere with the character of the standard license. This includes nationwide access, archiving and hosting rights, delivery of metadata and the rights to use them, and rights for data and text mining activities according to the defined authorised user group.
- If it is not possible to achieve the significant character of the license agreement, the resource’s relevance will be re-examined critically and its benefit for the research community will be re-evaluated.
Non-negotiable minimum requirements for licensing of resources are:
- Supra-regional (national) access to licensed resources for authenticated users.
- Metadata and the right to use the metadata (also via APIs).
- Data and text mining rights.
- Archiving and Hosting rights.
The ranking and priority of these four aspects define that a license agreement can be reached if subscription costs are equivalent to those of a single license. By following this paradigm, we guarantee that we fulfil the FID Asia’s service promise without infringing the respective guidelines.