Monthly Archives: July 2009

Open Database Licence released

The Open Knowledge Foundation has released the Open Database Licence (ODbL) a sharealike copyright licence written specifically for databases. This will be extremely useful for groups working on open data, including in the context of making government information more accessible

We are delighted to announce the release of v1.0 of the Open Database License (ODbL):

The Open Database License (ODbL) is an open license for data and databases which includes explicit attribution and share-alike requirements.

This license, the first of its kind, is a major step forward for open data. There are currently very few licenses available suited to data and databases and none which provide for share-alike (existing share-alike licenses such as the GPL, GFDL and CC By-SA are all unsuitable for data).

Copyright and academic publishing

Techdirt points to an article by researcher Ed Kohler on the copyright challenges facing academic researchers today. Their conclusion sums it up nicely:

The idea that researchers shouldn’t be allowed to share their own research with the world because some journal needs artificial scarcity for its business model is something that needs to be put to rest.

Happy Canada Day!

In Canada, Mounties just walk around neighbourhoods on Canada Day. Really. I took this photo of my son and his friend with one of them to prove it.


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