Chapter 4.  Access to resources and tools – technical and legal issues

[Note]editorial note

This chapter is currently being revised. Further information will be added.

In this chapter we will deal with legal and directly related technical issues of accessing language resources. You will learn how to access or obtain a resource once you have discoverd it, e.g. via the Virtual language observatory (see the section called “Aggregation”).

Whether you are allowed to access a particular resource and what you are allowed to do with it depends on both your role in the academic system or elsewhere and on attributes of the resource which you want to obtain. Your rights with regard to a particular resource might be more or less restricted depending on your affiliation to a certain institution and your role in this institution (professor, student, fellow etc.). It might also be restricted by the attributes of the resource itself, in particular the restrictions that the owner or author of such a resource attributes to it. Even if you are at the right institution and in the right position, you might be allowed to use a resource personally, for your research, but not be allowed to change or redistribute it. You might not be allowed to use the resource (e.g. a corpus) as a whole, but you might be allowed to use a derivative work, e.g. a wordlist. The former aspects are dealt with in more detail in the section called “Single Sign-on access to the CLARIN-D infrastructure”, where we describe the CLARIN-D policies and schemes for the technical access of distributed resources. The latter aspect, i.e. legal and ethical restriction which are attributed to resources and their use, is dealt with in the section called “Legal Issues”.