TECUP and its follow-up, the Frankfurt Group will be presented at the Glasgow IFLA conference:

August 28th, 2002
in the presentation area of the European Commission

 For more information contact <mittler@mail.sub.uni-goettingen.de>.

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TECUP -- This project has ended

Read more about the project results in the Final Report. A follow-up to TECUP is the Frankfurt Group (more).

An outline of the original project is given here:

TECUP -- a project supported by the European Commission

The intention of the TECUP project is to analyse the feasibility of practical mechanisms for the distribution, archiving and use of electronic products from different types of content owners and involving different types of libraries. During the European Copyright User Platform Concerted Action (projects ECUP and ECUP+)  structured specifications of user rights in the electronic age were drafted and discussed with authors, publishers, collecting societies, subscription agencies and their corresponding umbrella associations. The intention was to discuss and reach consensus on a licensing framework for the use of electronic material. At that stage it proved difficult to reach agreement on specific business models without explicit reference to living projects. 

TECUP is to build its work upon models actually used by European and other projects. By analysing and evaluating their experience against the background of the ECUP framework the project participants, who represent all possible players in the value chain, i.e. authors – publishers – libraries and other providers – end-users, will elabor-ate business and usage models, that are regarded best in meeting the needs and interests of users, providers and rights owners. 

On the background of such questions of principle legal and technical aspects will be analysed and evaluated. At present a great number of access management systems are being implemented by projects at the sites of national libraries, university libraries, public libraries and corporate libraries throughout Europe. Publishers on their part have installed rights management systems. Therefore importance must be attached to analysing automated licensing and accounting systems to control access and use of electronic documents in a networked setting and on the web. To collect relevant information on which to base its analyses TECUP will enter into co-operation with library projects and publishers. This co-operation will be supported by contractual agreements. 

To collect and obtain relevant information TECUP will define criteria for the evaluation of current practice. By developing this methodology, which is to be applied by cooperating projects, TECUP will obtain the basis for analysing the models they use. It will compare and examine the models. This in turn will result in reports for the individual projects as well as in an overall analysis. 

Data which other projects will be asked to make available shall be used to analyse three main complexes in the economic and legal context: 

1. Retrospective digitisation of printed documents by libraries

2. Materials created in digital form by publishers

3. Electronic management systems for handling copyright and licensing requirements

It is most important to review existing business models in the light of the consequences they imply for the full range of users of electronic documents, who are potentially the same as the present users of printed documents in libraries. This includes the aspect of long term availability of documents of all fields of learning, even if those documents are not heavily used. 

The models best suited for meeting the interests of all players in the value chain and which at the same time show good technical practicability, are to be identified. They will be used to draw up recommendations. These shall be proposed to some of the current projects. Their possible adaptation and implementation will be carried out in co-operation with TECUP. Resulting experience and evaluation will feed back to TECUP and be used for final conclusions. 

The work of TECUP will be monitored by three Advisory Groups for legal, technical and strategy aspects. The members of the Advisory Groups will include representatives of publishing houses, publisher trade associations, authors’ organisations, collecting societies, subscription agents, library umbrella associations, lawyers, other EU projects and software experts. Indeed one of the main objectives of this project is to bring the different players together, to enhance realistic collaboration between them and to reach workable solutions. The resulting practicable models should be exploited by European electronic library services. 

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