Use of Authorities Open Data in the ARROW Rights Infrastructure

Nuno Freire, Markus Muhr


The ARROW rights infrastructure provides the means to support mass digitisation
projects by finding automated ways to clear the rights situation of books to be digitised. ARROW provides
seamless interoperability across a distributed network of national data sources, which contain essential
information for determining the rights status of works, including national bibliographies from national
libraries, books-in-print databases, and rights-holders databases. This paper presents how open data about
authors, from the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) is being used in ARROW to support the data
interoperability across ARROW data sources, and how it is being used for the outputs of the rights clearance