Policy Working Group

Policy Working Group Focus

The Policy concept represents the set or sets of conditions, rules, terms and regulations governing interaction between the Digital Library and users, whether virtual or real. Examples of policies include acceptable user behaviour, digital rights management, privacy and confidentiality, charges to users, and collection delivery. Policies belong to different classes; for instance, not all policies are defined within the DL or the organisation managing it. The policy supports the distinction between extrinsic and intrinsic policies. The definition of new policies and re-definition of older policies will be a feature of digital libraries.

Source: Digital Library Manifesto in the Digital Library Reference Model (V1.0), p. 21.


Experts currently contributing to the Policy Working Group:

  • Kevin Ashley, Director, Digital Curation Centre, UK
  • Antonella De Robbio, University Centre for Libraries of the Library System, University of Padua, Italy
  • John Faundeen , U.S. Geological Survey Centre
  • Perla Innocenti, Research Fellow, Humanities Advanced Technologies & Information Institute, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Hans Pfeiffenberger, Deputy Head, Data Processing Centre, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
  • Seamus Ross, Dean of the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Mackenzie Smith, Associate Director for Technology, MITLibraries, U.S.


DL.org resources available:
Tech Wiki on Policy.
The Digital Library Reference Model, V1.0.
Interoperability Booklet produced for the 1st DL.org Workshop, October 2009.
Position statements on the current version of the Reference Model and investigations into interoperability from a multi-layered perspective can be posted through the Open Forum on out Tech Wiki.