[okfn-discuss] Re: Open data licensing
rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon May 28 17:09:10 BST 2007
Paul Miller wrote:
> Nate, all
> In a previous role, I funded some research to look at the applicability of
> CC to (UK) public sector resources.
> The report, from 2005, is here - http://www.intrallect.com/cie-study/
Thanks for the pointer Paul -- I remember taking a look at this when it
first came out. What really hits me on a re-read is the excellence of
its basic recommendations (included below) which are simple, clear and
very much in line with the philosophy of the Open Knowledge Definition.
## From Page 5 of the CIE Study
Recommendation (pg 25): CIE organisations adopting a policy for
encouraging reuse should consider basing it on the following principles
1. Resources should be made available for reuse unless there is a
justifiable reason why they should not.
2. The reuse of resources should be as unconstrained as possible. For
resources should be made available for commercial reuse as well as
non- commercial reuse wherever possible.
3. The range of permitted uses of resources should be as wide as
possible, for example, including the right to modify the resource and
produce derivative works from it.
4. Reuse should be encouraged by permitting others to redistribute
resources on a world-wide basis.
5. Resources should be made directly available and discoverable
electronically whenever possible.
6. The conditions of use for each resource should be linked directly
to the resource so that they are reusable at the point of discovery.
Recommendation (pg 27): Creative Commons licences are suitable for the
publication of many resources produced by public sector organisations,
including those produced by organisations in the Common Information
Environment, because the baseline conditions and choices can meet many
situations. CIE Organisations adopting a policy of making resources
available for reuse should use the following set of Creative Commons
licences to meet their licensing principles unless there is a clear
reason for not doing so:
* Attribution-only (BY) licence meets the most general conditions of
* Attribution-Non-commercial-Share-alike (BY-NC-SA) licence meets the
more specific conditions of principle 3
* Attribution-Non-commercial-No-derivates (BY-NC-ND) licence can be
used if modification is to be prevented
Recommendation (pg 30): CIE organisations that are publishing materials
for reuse should use Creative Commons wherever possible but when
resources cannot be licensed under Creative Commons the first choice
should be another commonly used licence such as Creative Archive or
Click-Use, in order to minimise the number of licences used. However
some resources may exist under conditions which would not allow a
standard licence to be used and these resources could be made available
under a customised licence. Customised licences should be based on
Creative Commons baseline rights as much as possible.
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