Getting techie... what questions should we be asking of publishers?
The Licence Negotiation team here are thinking about the kinds of technical questions they should be asking publishers and other content providers as part of their negotiations with them. The aim isn't to embed the answers to those questions in contractual clauses - rather, it is to build up a useful knowledge base of surrounding information that may be useful to institutions and others who are thinking about taking up a particular agreement.
My 'starter for 10' set of questions goes like this:
- Do you make any commitment to the persistence of the URLs for your published content? If so, please give details. Do you assign DOIs to your published content? Are you members of CrossRef?
- Do you support a search API? If so, what standard(s) do you support?
- Do you support a metadata harvesting API? If so, what standard(s) do you support?
- Do you expose RSS and/or Atom feeds for your content? If so, please describe what feeds you offer?
- Do you expose any form of Linked Data about your published content? If so, please give details.
- Do you generate OpenURLs as part of your web interface? Do you have a documented means of linking to your content based on bibliographic metadata fields? If so, please give details.
- Do you support SAML (Service Provider) as a means of controlling access to your content? If so, which version? Are you a member of the UK Access Management Federation? If you also support other methods of access control, please give details.
- Do you grant permission for the preservation of your content using LOCKSS, CLOCKSS and/or PORTICO? If so, please give details.
- Do you have a statement about your support for the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)? If so, please give details?
Does this look like a reasonable and sensible set of questions for us to be asking of publishers? What have I missed? Something about open access perhaps?