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Generic Metadata Management

Rightscom is working with a US-based developer to produce a radical, generic metadata management product based on its COA (Contextual Ontology Architecture) MetaModel. Rightscom has licensed the MetaModel to a US-based rights intermediary to produce the first implementation of the system, planned for 2010.

The initial release of the system will support

  • the management of repertoire and rights information about works and products of any kind
  • the storage and analysis of data about usage of works and products of any kind
  • the distribution of monies received for the usage of works and products of any kind
  • the management of data about parties people and organizations of any kind, including all relationship and contact information

A major part of the client’s requirement is that it does not know with any certainty the details of its mid- to long-term business requirements, except in broad terms, and so requires a system which is inherently very flexible and extensible. In particular, it must be able to deal with

    • any kinds of works or products (abstract, digital and physical)
    • any kinds of rights and uses for any territories
    • any kinds of IP agreements

and all of these to any level of granularity. The new system is designed to be

    • efficient (users can do things accurately and as quickly as possible)
    • flexible (users can do what they need to do in a sensible way)
    • extensible (new data and functions can be added without rewriting significant parts of the software)

Rightscom has licensed the COA MetaModel and developed an ontology to provide an unambiguous representation of the client’s organisation to support the development of synergy between human and machine intelligence thus helping to optimise organisational processes.  We have also developed rules within the language of the ontology that are used to configure the software in a formal and unambiguous way to meet the client’s requirements.

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