Digital library intellectual property right evaluation and method

Publication Date12 Jun 2007
AuthorWende Zhang
SubjectInformation & knowledge management,Library & information science
Digital library intellectual
property right evaluation and
Wende Zhang
Library of Fuzhou University, Fujian, People’s Republic of China
Purpose – The paper aims to focus on the needs of the digital library.
Design/methodology/approach – Digital library intellectual property right evaluati on and
method, application scope of commonly used methods, and digital library copyright evaluation and
method are analyzed and discussed in the paper.
Findings – The paper finds that, for the electronic resources, the number of copiers, the term of
usage, quantity of information, copyright, and the contract with authors should be considered; for
technologies used in the digital library, the evaluation should cover the novelty, inventiveness,
usefulness, and the access mode. In addition, the quantitative and qualitative should be combined with
experience to evaluate virtual library resources and actual resources with stable right of use.
Originality/value – The paper provides recommendations on digital library intellectual property
rights evaluation and methods.
Keywords Intellectualproperty, Digital libraries, Propertyrights
Paper type Case study
Digital libraries refer to information resource banks with substantive and
well-organised information that can efficiently serve large numbers of people in
different geographical locations via advanced technologies. The information resource
consists of two categories: first, actual collections that are the summation of variety of
information resources owned by the library, such as electronic books, journals, and
databases which are developed by the library or saved in the library computer system.
The library has rights to update, amend, use and dominate the actual collection.
Second, virtual collections refer to the summation of various information resources
outside the library but can be stably used by the library via the internet (Zhang, 2002a,
b). Although there have been some papers which have mentioned general performance
evaluation models of digital libraries, and others which have discussed their
performance evaluation indicators, there seems to have been few, if any, any paper that
specifically focus on the evaluation of the intellectual property rights (IPR) of digital
If libraries can introduce peer-to-peer technologies into their own services, they will
possibly develop new service models, or improve existing ones (Dong et al., 2002). The
intellectual property evaluation of digital libraries refers to the evaluation of
intellectual property based on the value form, which means the evaluation and rough
calculation procedure of the target intellectual property in a digital library by
evaluators according to specialised methods and steps under the guideline of the
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Digital library
IPR evaluation
and method
Received 26 June 2006
Revised 1 August 2006
Accepted 23 August 2006
The Electronic Library
Vol. 25 No. 3, 2007
pp. 267-273
qEmerald Group Publishing Limited
DOI 10.1108/02640470710754788

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