[open-bibliography] Openbiblio at OCLC
emc59 at cam.ac.uk
Fri May 27 12:25:25 BST 2011
We had an interesting discussion with Karen this week regarding this as
part of our work with the on the COMET project. It appears that OCLC are
indeed considering ODC-By as the recommended license for libraries
wishing to share data derived from Worldcat.
My personal understanding was that this licensing was seen as being
compatible (in terms of a legal substitute rather than an addition) with
the rights and responsibilities of members whereas PDDL was not.
Hopefully someone from OCLC can give us some clarification and greater
specifics on this.
Karen mentioned her upcoming retirement, indicated that was there was a
clear handover path in place for her work on Open Data and that they
have been consulting with acknowledged legal experts in Open Data
licensing. They next hope to gain feedback from the library community
and beyond on this issue, especially with regards to how attribution
would work in practice.
I'd be personally interested in the Open Data community's feelings on
attribution licensing for data in general. Thoughts and ideas are good,
but practical examples of where it has inconvenienced, disrupted or
conversely assisted efforts would be very welcome.
From a library point of view, I can see some advantage in having
attribution retained, given that our hard work in creating an original
record is acknowledged.
From a developer point of view, I can only imagine it working in
practice if OCLC give clear guidelines on attribution and make it
painless. Quite how attribution would work in an 'ecology' of linked
data is also something I'd also welcome thoughts and opinions on.
I think its also worth highlighting that OCLC have clearly realised that
non-commercial licensing is not suitable for bibliography, and have also
avoided the mis-step of trying to 'roll their own' license. This is in
itself a very good sign.
Whilst I have a personal preference for PDDL/CC0 due to ease of
consumption, I feel that if OCLC do adopt an Open Data Common License
recommendation it will still be a major step forward for libraries
wishing to share data on a wider scale.
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