OATS (Online Article Tracking System)
It is well known that newspaper content is being re-published onlin with and
without publisher permission or not complying with usage terms and conditions.
OATS is a proposed system which identifies; reports and monitors this re-use
on the Web, and determines if the usage is permitted and/or within the constraints
of any applicable terms.
While commercial turn-key solutions are available, the
NLA has carried out an exercises
against "Attributor" which demonstrated that its cost was prohibitive in light of the
limited return on investment espoused by the proposed activity. This point is covered
in more detail in the business plan.