Information Assurances

Information Assurances

Our current Information Assurances can be found at http://www.learningregistry.org/information-assurances/open-information-assurances-1-0/.

Quick Start

To publish your metadata or paradata using our Information Assurances, put the following into your document

“TOS”: {
“submission_TOS”: “http://www.learningregistry.org/information-assurances/open-information-assurances-1-0″},

About the Learning Registry Information Assurances

The objective of the Learning Registry is to make a large body of learning resource metadata, paradata (usage data, activity data, or social metadata), analytical data, etc., widely available for use, reuse, distribution, adaptation, etc. We recognize that both the learning resources themselves and the metadata and paradata are owned by their creators and may be subject to various usage rights and restrictions in diverse jurisdictions worldwide.

We anticipate that organizations who contribute and publish to the Learning Registry will use licenses such as Creative Commons or the Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication to license metadata and paradata/social metadata. We recognize that the metadata and paradata for a learning resource can have a license that is separate from the license that applies to the resource itself. We hope that contributors will choose licenses that will allow metadata and paradata in the network to be used freely by anyone.

At the same time, we wish to build in “safe harbor” or liability protection for node operators (whose systems receive and transmit Learning Registry data) and consumers of metadata. Neither the Creative Commons licenses nor PDDL provide these protections. For example, if a contributor or publisher marks a piece of metadata as CC-0 but actually doesn’t have the rights to do so, the node operator may carry that liability for transmission, not the contributor. Generally, assurances from contributors are provided via terms of service agreements, which is impractical for the Learning Registry.

To provide the proper assurances, we have created an Information Assurances document that we ask you to use when contributing and publishing to the Learning Registry. You provide a link to the Information Assurances in your submission, as part of the Resource Description Document. The assurances applies only to the document you submit including its payload of metadata or paradata. The assurances does not apply to the resource identified in the Resource Description Document. The resource is governed by its own license.

You are not required to use our Information Assurances, but it is preferred. In order to publish, your submitted documents should provide a terms of service that describes how others can use what you put into the Learning Registry. You may choose to use the Terms of Service and/or copyright information from your website, for example. Whatever you use should have a persistent, long-lasting URL which goes into the TOS/submission_TOS field in the JSON structure you submit. To provide protection, a node operator may only accept submissions with particular assurances. They do this based solely on the URL that you provide.

Our current Information Assurances can be found at http://www.learningregistry.org/information-assurances/open-information-assurances-1-0/.

Versions of Information Assurances

We occasionally may need to create a new version of the Information Assurances. We never change a published version and we maintain the version at the persistent, long-lasting URL shown.

Open Information Assurances 1.0http://www.learningregistry.org/information-assurances/open-information-assurances-1-0/ (2012-01-11)

Open Information Assurances 1.0 Beta: http://www.learningregistry.org/information-assurances/open-information-assurances-1-0/ (2011-11-18)