The CRKN Model License is a core tool provided by CRKN to expand access to research content across Canada. The Model License, first created in 2001, allows CRKN to license content effectively, ensuring that all licensed content has rights and permissions that are as advantageous as possible for researchers and users.
In 2016, the CRKN Model License was systematically reviewed, revised, and updated, resulting in a Model License that adheres to current and future-looking best practices.
In 2023, the Content Strategy Committee adapted the Model License to develop the Open Access Model License. This version of the Model License was created due to the growing open access components to CRKN negotiated licenses. The Open Access Model License includes definitions, clauses, and a full schedule dedicated to open access.
The Model License is a tool that can be used by:
- CRKN to engage in proactive licensing with vendors by standardizing the terms expected for compliance.
- Librarians to negotiate local licenses with vendors directly by referring to a set of terms that can be adapted as needed.
- Vendors to transparently understand, before and during negotiation, the minimum expected standards that should be present in CRKN licenses.