• Posted: September 08, 2016

Automatable Discovery and Access Matrix

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About This Work Product

The Automatable Discovery and Access Matrix (ADA-M) v 1.0 provides a standardized way to unambiguously represent any and all consent and other conditions of use, making such information computer-readable and hence directly available for digital communication, searching and automation activities.
The structure of ADA‐M v1.0 includes:

  1. A Header section to capture contextual information about the ADA‐M Profile itself and some basic statements about the resource to which the Profile refers; and
  2. A Main Body section that principally specifies and organises 42 general concepts (i.e., non‐ directive types of use of a resource, that may or may not be employed to define acceptable use and conditions of use in any one setting), some of which are hierarchical to others in the set, and all of which are grouped into three sections, namely ‘Permissions’ (mainly relevant to consent), ‘Terms’ (typically relating to legal/contractual matters), and Meta‐Conditions (over‐arching topics). To specify what uses can or cannot be made of a particular resource (material, database, dataset, record, etc), the ADA‐M structure fields are ‘filled in’ following certain rules as described in the Guidance Document, to produce the final ADA‐M ‘Profile’.

A guidance document is included to help users create an ADA-M profile for a resource. Accompanying tools such as file format specifications/serialisations, support software for preparing ADA-M profiles, rule base algorithms for automated interpretation/application/combination of ADA-M profiles, APIs for interacting with ADA-M, and reference implementations of such solutions, are being prepared by various collaborators to facilitate the implementation of the ADA-M standards in real world projects.

Work Product Details

Working Group(s):

Regulatory and Ethics

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Related Initiative(s):

Automatable Discovery and Access


  • Anthony Brookes
    • University of Leicester
    • Leicester, United Kingdom
    • Chair, Group
  • John Wilbanks
    • Chair, Group


  • Emily Kirby
    • P3G
    • Montreal, Canada
    • Coordinator, Automatable Discovery and Access Matrix

    Contact Emily for more information or to get involved with the Automatable Discovery and Access Matrix.


  • Emily Kirby , P3G , Montreal, Canada
  • Anthony Brookes , University of Leicester , Leicester, United Kingdom
  • John Wilbanks , Sage Bionetworks , Seattle, United States