[Open-science-nl] Fwd: [wp-discuss] Notice: WikiPathways to Use Creative Commons CC0

Egon Willighagen egon.willighagen at gmail.com
Sun Apr 2 15:20:24 UTC 2017

Hi all,

as some of you may know, half of the WikiPathways teams is located in
Maastricht, and this is useful news. Now, WikiPathways was already
Open Data (CC-BY), but the adoption of CCZero will make data
integration even easier.



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From: Alexander Pico <alex.pico at ...>
Date: Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 4:50 PM
Subject: [wp-discuss] Notice: WikiPathways to Use Creative Commons CC0
To: wikipathways-discuss <wikipathways-discuss at googlegroups.com>

In our continuing effort to make pathway knowledge as widely
accessible as possible, WikiPathways is adopting the Creative Commons
CC0 waiver. The CC0 waiver is the current recommendation for data and
databases, especially scientific data. It essentially removes any
concerns and doubts about the free legal use, reuse, and remixing of
our collected pathway information, while leaving untouched the ethical
norms for attribution in research communities [1].

This action is consistent with our original intent regarding content
licensing and terms of use. When we launched in 2008, the CC0 waiver
did not exist. In consultation with leaders in open science, we choose
the simplest, least obtrusive model at the time, the CC-BY license and
a clear terms of use. This approach has served us well, but now we can
do better. CC0 will enable broader data integration with other
resources, such as Wikidata, that would otherwise be restricted [2].
And our terms of use will remain unchanged [3].

We are not alone. There are many scientific data resources adopting
this improved option, including: figshare for data and datasets,
BioMed Central (BMC) for supplemental data, Sage Bionetworks and
Wikidata for contributed data, and many more [4]. Why are we following
licensing standards for scientific data when our content consists of
drawings? Well, when you draw a pathway using WikiPathways tools, you
are in fact building a data model that is stored, redistributed and
integrated into numerous scientific tools and databases [5].

The CC0 waiver will go into effect on the 1st of May, 2017. If you
would like to opt-out for content previously contributed, please
contact us prior to this date. If you are an enthusiastic supporter of
this plan, you can choose to adopt the waiver immediately by posting
the following text in your WikiPathways account page: “I hereby elect
to apply CC0 to all my contributions to WikiPathways.”

More information:
CC0 FAQ -- https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/CC0_FAQ
CC0 summary -- https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
CC0 full legal code --

1. https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/
2. https://www.wikidata.org
3. http://wikipathways.org/index.php/WikiPathways:License_Terms
4. https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/CC0_use_for_data
5. http://wikipathways.org/index.php/Help:Supported_Software_Tools

Let us know if you have any concerns or questions; or share your
support for a less obtrusive license that enables more open and
accessible research. Let us know what you think!

 - WikiPathways Team

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E.L. Willighagen
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