[okfn-discuss] Guide to Open Data Licensing
rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Wed Jun 27 11:40:06 UTC 2007
The Guide now seems to be in robust enough form to be officially
announced and blogged:
Please also forward this to any communities that might be interested --
from the reaction to Jo's post back in April it seems there are many
of them and not just in the geodata community.
## Blog Post
Over the last month we’ve been working to produce a Guide to Open Data
Licensing. As the name should make clear this is a guide to licensing
data aimed particularly at those who want to make their data open. The
guide is currently located on the wiki so that anyone can edit and
While attending XTech back in May it became clear that there were a lot
of questions both about the legal status of data and what approaches to
use when licensing it — something that had also become apparent
following on from Jo’s post back in April on copyright not being
applicable to geodata).
We started work on the guide in order to have something which could help
answer these kinds of questions. At present it is roughly divided into
two sections. The first section deals with the practical question of how
to license your data. The second section discusses what kinds of
intellectual property-like rights exist in data in various jurisdictions.
This guide is very much in an ‘alpha’ state, with much that can be done
to improve and extend it. We’ve been working on it in the wiki precisely
so that anyone may edit it and we’d welcome contributions — whether it
be adding new sections and use cases or just fixing typos. So please,
check it out and feel free to make changes.
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