Downloads of Open Data Commons Database Licence available

After a slight delay, PDF and ODT versions of the Database licence are now available. PDF Link ODT Link

Science Commons and the Open Data Commons

Another comment from a discussion on Nodalities, this time about Creative Commons and databases:

Science Commons has a page with some explanations regarding Creative Commons and databases. It seems that two of the European versions of the Creative Commons licenses (Belgium and Netherlands) do mention the “database rights”. I’m not sure why this isn’t mentioned in all versions of the licenses, would be interesting to know if there is a good reason for this or if it’s just a historical accident. Have there been any discussions between the Creative Commons and the Open Data Commons people? Ed note: I believe France includes them as well. The Science Commons FAQ is here.

Absolutely there has been conversation between the

Open database licence and contracts – Anti-commons?

A question about contract and the Open Data Commons Database licence came up on one of the lists.

Why would I want to apply *additional* restrictions in a jurisdiction where there are no copyright or exclusive rights for databases? This seems rather anti-commons to me.

The short answer is that by applying contract in a jurisdiction where the DB was not covered by copyright, a DB right, or similar rights, you can still gain the use of the licence, which actually allows users to do virtually anything with the database contents or the database itself, but only really asks that you:

  • share alike (Section 4.4 and 4.5)
  • notify others about the licence and content (Section 4.2 and

Cultural heritage survey – 60+ respondents and counting

Quick update. The survey on open content licensing and UK cultural heritage organisations has over 60 respondents. We have extended the survey, and hope to gain 100 or more respondents in total. I gave a talk at Eduserv last Friday about the survey, and some preliminary results. I’ll try to post it up later today. Thank you again to everyone who attended, especially for all of the great questions. And of course thanks to Ed, Andy, and Pete of the Eduserv Foundation for sponsoring the project and inviting me down to speak. You can learn more about the project and read the original research proposal at our homepage:

Open Data Commons — Questions and a response

Rob Myers wrote some excellent questions, and here is a response. I separated it out to a blog post to make it a bit more user-friendly, as there is a lot here to address. Thanks Rob for taking the time to write so much, and if you (or anyone else) have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact me or post below.

General ——- If I render an image from licenced data (e.g. a map from OSM’s street data) how does the copyright on that work interact with the licence on the data? Can such a derivative work be relicenced, for example under BY-SA or as a proprietary work?

So the data is separate from the database, as

Open Data Commons – Licence now out

Introducing the draft Open Data Commons – Databases licence This licence was inspired by the Talis Community Licence, and draws heavily from the work of others in the open source, free software, and open content community. Many of the ideas and phrases from the licence are derived from the unported Creative Commons licences, the Creative Commons Scotland set of licences, and we owe the many contributors to these licences a debt of gratitude. It was drafted by myself, Jordan Hatcher, and by Dr. Charlotte Waelde of the AHRC Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the University of Edinburgh School of Law. We owe another round of thanks to Talis for sponsoring this project.

Thoughts on drafting an open data licence

Open access to data, or just ‘open data’ is an issue that has been making the rounds in the scientific community for quite some time now. Some of the problems with increasing access are practical (what format it is in, physical access, and so on), but many of the problems are legal. These legal problems are centred around:

  • What legal rights attached to data, either on its own, or as part of a database?
  • What do people want to protect about their data (and can they)?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m working on addressing some of these issues by producing an open data licence. This will be an updated and expanded version of