Open Data Licences

The amount of Open Data is growing fast. The idea that data may need protection in an Open Society is bizarre enough, but in Europe at least a whole set of laws have been put in place for this purpose. For those who wish to add data to the Commons, so that it may better contribute to the value of the network as predicted by Metcalf's law, current Open licences will not do it seems. This is, as I understand, because copyright licenses do not cover data well, since a set of relations can be serialized in any number of ways: order does not matter, it is easy to refactor data, or combine it with other data. (I wonder then why this was not a problem for source code?)

To help resolve these issues, Talis, a Leading Semantic Web company, helped fund research into this area which resulted in the Open Data Licence project, which is now seeking feedback on their proposals. From my quick reading of it this license seems to have a gnu feel to it, but I may be wrong.

Comments:

Henry

thanks for the pointer.

The Open Data Commons licence to which you refer is, indeed, trying to encourage use and reuse of data by providing a degree of reassurance to data owners and contributors.

Although begun in the context of European Database Law, this particular licence has been drafted to encompass database, copyright and contract law provisions, ensuring an effective suite of protections across a wide range of jurisdictions globally.

Posted by Paul Miller on October 08, 2007 at 04:29 AM CEST #

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