[open-science] Launch of the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science + Is It Open Data?

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Fri Feb 19 15:35:11 UTC 2010

Thanks for your message Egon - and for the blog post! ;-)

On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM, Egon Willighagen
<egon.willighagen at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have been monitoring the responses on FriendFeed [0], and some are
> keen to use the OpenData icons. However, the icons seem fine with
> requirement 1 and 3, they do not really encourage people to apply
> principle 2 and 4. Just an observation...

Agreed - OKD compliance is necessary but not sufficient for compliance
with Panton Principles. OKD takes for granted that people will use a
license appropriate for material they are licensing.

We're currently planning on adding this kind of material to
opendefinition.org. E.g. a bit like material and diagrams in our
recent Unlocking the Potential of Aid Information report:


Re: public domain we could have a 'Panton Principles' button, or
indeed a 'public domain' button in a similar style. Would be great if
someone would be willing to help with this! Image files are at:


> Second thing is a request about the HTML of the endorsement field...
> right now, all form fields are put into one <span class="signature">
> element... might three fields perhaps be split up into separate <span>
> elements, perhaps like:
> <span class='signature'><span class='name'>Egon Willighagen</span>,
> <span class='affiliation'>Uppsala University</span>, <span
> class='country'>Sweden</span></span>
> I would even go as far to use RDFa and FOAF for these bits of information:
> <span xmlns:foaf="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/" class='signature'
> typeof="foaf.Person"><span rel='foaf:name'>Egon Willighagen</span>,
> <span class='affiliation'>Uppsala University</span>, <span
> rel='foaf:based_near'>Sweden</span></span>
> That would very much make it more mashup-able, more machine readable,
> and those mashups in turn would be good show cases of what Open Data
> is really about: reuse. (Not sure how to fit the affiliation into
> foaf.)

We're currently using Wordpress Petition plugin [1] which could
certainly be improved upon. We'd love if someone was willing to have a
look at this and implement some of the things you've mentioned!

Do you think it would be difficult to modify?

All the best,


[1] http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-petition-plugin/

> 0.http://friendfeed.com/openchemicaldata/e6236e5a/panton-principles-endorse-open-data-go-visit
> --
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> Proteochemometrics / Bioclipse Group of Prof. Jarl Wikberg
> Homepage: http://egonw.github.com/
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Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation


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