Stuart Dempster, Director of the Strategic Content Alliance, commented, “Orphan works present one of the most significant barriers in the provision of access to content across the public sector. This survey provides a real opportunity to contribute to positive action on this vital issue."
The survey is the first stage in a wider project to tackle the issue of orphan works. Further work will be undertaken over the coming months, including the publication of case studies providing detailed examples of the impact of orphan works on the provision of access to public sector content. A one-day conference to explore the issues and propose a way forward is also planned.