Policy Model for University Digital Collections

  • Alexandros Koulouris
  • Sarantos Kapidakis
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3652)


The access and reproduction policies of the digital collections of ten leading university digital libraries worldwide are classified according to factors such as the creation type of the material, acquisition method, copyright ownership etc. The relationship of these factors is analyzed, showing how acquisition methods and copyright ownership affect the access and reproduction policies of digital collections. We conclude with rules about which factors lead to specific policies. For example, when the library has the copyright of the material, the reproduction for private use is usually provided free with a credit to the source or otherwise mostly under fair use provisions, but the commercial reproduction needs written permission and fees are charged. The extracted rules, which show the common practice on access and reproduction policies, constitute the policy model. Finally, conventional policies are mapped onto digital policies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandros Koulouris
    • 1
  • Sarantos Kapidakis
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory on Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing, Department of Archive and Library SciencesIonian UniversityCorfuGreece

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