Hungarian National Library (OSZK) looks at ARROW for their digitization project

A scientific article by Szabolcs Dancs from the Hungarian National Library, confirms the growing interest from the library community towards the use of ARROW as an innovative and effective solution for rights clearance. In his article, Szabolcs Dancs discusses the potential of ARROW to serve the needs of the forthcoming Hungarian digitization project ELDORADO.

The following abstract of Szabolcs Dancs’ study “Towards a digital Enlightenment. The ARROW project and the Hungarian National Library (OSZK) – digitisation, copyright, innovative solutions” has been published on OSZK website and can be found at

„Towards a digital Enlightenment”. The ARROW project and the Hungarian National Library (OSZK) – digitisation, copyright, innovative solutions
The study describes the EU project ARROW (Accessible Registries of Rights Information and Orphan Works towards Europeana), the broader legal environment of library digitisation, and the proposals related to solving problems of rights management and digitisation. The key issues are the clarification of the copyright status of documents (e.g., whether they are orphan works), and whether the copies to be digitized held in public institutions are out-of-commerce copies indeed. EU Directive no. 2012/28/EU permitting the use of orphan works is also built on the ARROW principles. ARROW is a distributed network of important data sources (TEL, VIAF, BiP, RRO), which makes it possible to identify the legal status of individual works, licensing conditions, and orphan status. In 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding was accepted on the digitisation of out-of-commerce works held in public collections: allying co-operation on digitisation with the authority of collecting societies and with the agreement of contracting parties. The author reviews EU directives, the French and the British practice, and Hungarian legislation on orphan works. He presents the co-operation between ARROW and OSZK, as well as the relations with other projects (Linked Heritage, OSZK’s National Name Space and ELDORADO). In the future, there will be a need for reprographic societies (e.g., to apply text identifiers and providing International Standard Name Identifiers), for quality metadata for the book trade, for e-book catalogues, for copyright data, and for an optimisation of processes in the book industry, i.e., for a new, alternative strategy for library digitisation.

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