[okfn-be] okfn-be Digest, Vol 3, Issue 7

Pieter Colpaert pieter.colpaert at gmail.com
Sat Dec 10 11:20:00 UTC 2011

The definition by OKFN uk:

"A piece of content or data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and 
redistribute it - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute 
and share-alike"


On 12/08/2011 05:49 PM, Bart Van Loon wrote:
> It was Thu Dec 08 at 02:43PM when Patrick Hochstenbach wrote:
>> Is there a good definition of what 'open' means in 'open data'? In the
>> library world we know the 'public domain' which is free of copyright
>> and there is 'open access' where there is still copyright but you have
>> a quite non-restrictive license for re-use.
> I'm not familiar with definitions of `open' in this context, but I think
> it's similar to the `free' in `free software'.
> Software is free if the license provides you the following four basic
> freedoms:
>      * freedom to study
>      * freedom to use
>      * freedom to modify
>      * freedom to distribute
> It doesn't mean it's in the public domain, however. It can perfectly
> well have a clear owner and stringent IP ownership applied to it. It
> doesn't make it less `free' however.
> Similarly, open data can perfectly well be owned by someone (as opposed
> to being in the public domain), and still be open. As long as I can
> study, use, modify and distribute the data, it's open to me.

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