[tdwg-content] dcterms:rights, dcterms:accessRights, and dcterms:license in Darwin Core
tuco at berkeley.edu
Thu Nov 7 17:59:36 CET 2013
Bob Morris recently submitted an issue  to the Darwin Core code
site showing a potential ambiguity in the inclusion from Dublin Core
of both dcterms:rights and dcterms:accessRights in the Simple Darwin
Core schema . The ambiguity arises from the fact that
dcterms:accessRights is actually a subclass of dcterms:rights.
Looking at the Darwin Core documentation about the use of these terms,
I noticed that dcterms:rights  suggests a license
("http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/") as an example. I
think this example is an inappropriate use for the term and instead is
an example of a dcterms:license.
I think it would be a good idea to add dcterms:license to the list of
terms promoted by Darwin Core, especially after reading Peter Desmet's
blog posts [4, 5]. If license was indeed the intent for including
dcterms:rights in the first place, then perhaps it can be deprecated,
leaving only its subtype dcterms:accessRights.
Discussion welcome, so that I know whether to submit an issue for
these changes to the Darwin Core.
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