British Library on CEPIC and ARROW at the UK Parliament
BySylvie FodorOn 1 November, at a hearing held at the House of Commons in the UK, Ben White of the British Library said how CEPIC would be feeding images into the Arrow project. Here is an opportunity to clarify what ARROW is and what CEPIC and ARROW do together.
The full hearing of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee of the House of Commons has been recorded. It is available on the website of the UK Parliament [Please listen from minutes 10.00 for above mentioned declaration]
Ben White's statement on how "CEPIC will feed images into ARROW" is too simple to be accurate.
The situation of CEPIC with regards to the project ARROW is presently the following:
- ARROW does not allow at present for the dealing of images.
- CEPIC is a minor partner in the major follow-up project ARROW PLUS. Our task is limited to the establishment of a "Feasibility Study" to check whether and how images may be integrated into the present system. Delivery date of the Study is July 2012.
- Our first assessment is that some major ajustments are necessary in order for ARROW to find images.
- If these ajustments cannot me made, ARROW will create Orphan Works rather than solve the problem of Orphan Works
- Efficient image identification technologies exist and can be adpated to a Librarians' environment in order to track the correct rights holder
- CEPIC will present the solution for ARROW at the Meeting organised in London in May 2012 within the framework of the CEPIC Congress
- Background on Hargreaves here
- BAPLA’s call for evidence here
- On 9 November, Linda Royles will be speaking on behalf of BAPLA on a panel at the House of Parliament to talk about orphan works and the picture industry.
Our publications so far within ARROW PLUS
- Report on Orphan Works in Historical Picture Archives here
- Results of the Stakeholder Meeting - Orphan Works and Picture Libraries -here
- Finding the Author is Not a Lost Case here
ARROW is a project coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association (AIE), funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme. The initial phase of the ARROW project was concluded in February 2011 and the follow-up phase – ARROW Plus – is now underway as a flagship project of the European Commission.
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