EnDOW Project

The main objective of the EnDOW is to facilitate rights clearance for Cultural Heritage Institutions in Europe by implementing a cost-effective system for determing the orphan status of works held in libraries, archives and museums, following the requirements of the Orphan Works Directive. The project will study the potential applications and challenges of a crowd-based search method for texts, images, films, works of visual art and born-digital cultural heritage works.  The overall aim is to produce a tool to maximise sustainable management of recent cultural heritage, and use and re-use of related cultural artefacts.

EnDOW ("Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance") is a collaborative project funded by Heritage Plus and the European Union (JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change).


MAPPING Policy Observatory

The “policy watch” activity is established as part of the MAPPING project. It aims at monitoring policies and projects that focus on the relationship between internet and society at European, national and local levels. Comparative policy overview tables on Privacy, IPR and Internet Governance  allow interested citizen to easier follow and compare public information on these key topics.  One of these comparative tables provides and overview of the implementation of the Orphan Works Directive in the EU Member States.

MAPPING Policy Observatory
About the MAPPING project

Out of Copyright - Determing the copyright status of works

Out of Copyright is a joint initiative of Kennisland Foundation (Amsterdam), The Institute of Information Law (IVRI, Amsterdam), and the National Library of Luxembourg (Luxembourg). The initiative has been funded via Europeana Connect and Europeana Awareness. Out-of-Copyright developed a Public Domain Calculator, with a focus on the related rights of producers. PD calculators are available for Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

Out of Copyright

EUIPO - Orphan Works Database

On 27 October 2014, the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) has launched an Orphan Works Database.  Beneficiaries of the Directive 2012/28/EU (publicly accessible libraries, educational establishments, museums, archives, film and AV heritage institutions, public-service broadcasting organisations) must record works in the EUIPO database they have declared as orphan during the diligent search.  The database allows users to search for all kind of orphan works, obtain contact information of the organisations using them, and rights holders have the possibility to claim their rights.

The database is publicly accessible here.

More information about the OHIM database is available at: https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/web/observatory/orphan-works-database

RDI – Rights Data Integration Project

RDI – Rights Data Integration (APR 2013- SEP 2015)
http://www.rdi-project.org/ - !about2/c4nz

Aim of the project, which ran from April 2013 to September 201, is to make licensing of (multi-) media content on the web more efficient and easier to identify: who owns what rights to what content in what country. RDI is creating a tool to facilitate the discovery and licensing of intellectual property rights online, for any types of usage (commercial as well as non-commercial), all types of content, in any media. RDI is using the framework developed by The Linked Content Coalition and published in April 2013. FORWARD partner CINECA is also part of the RDI consortium.

RDI – Rights Data Integration

PUBLIDOC - Universidad Complutense

Publidoc is a research group at Universidad Complutense (Madrid) focusing on the management and re-use of public sector information, acces and dissemination. The group is developping an evidence-based diligent search model to identify orphan works.
PUBLIDOC - UCM: digitalización y obras huerfanas

European Film Gateway 1914

Since February 2013, the European Film Gateway gives access to around 3'000 historic films related to the First World War. European film archives contributing to the EFG digitised considerable parts of their WWI collections in the scope of the EU-funded project EFG1914 (2012-2014). In time for the centenary of World War One, all films digitised in the project are now searchable through the European Film Gateway and Europeana.

EFG1914 was a digitisation project focusing on films and non-film material from and related to World War.  26 partners, among them 21 European film archives, collaborated in the project, which aimed at digitising more than 700 hrs of newsreels, documentaries, fiction and propaganda films as well as more than 5'000 images, text documents, censorship cards etc.  The most compelling material from the First World War collections is featured in a virtual exhibition.

Find more information at European Film Gateway 1914



Accessible registries of rights information and orphan works towards Europeana

ARROW is a tool to facilitate rights information management in any digitisation project involving text and image based works. It's infrastructure allows streamlining the process of identification of authors, publishers and other rightholders of a work, including whether it is orphan, in or out of copyright or if it is still commercially available.