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Licensing for data reuse



Ross Wilkinson explains Why use a common set of licences for data? [1.47min]

Defining permissions, terms, and conditions for reuse of data is essential so that prospective reusers know exactly what they can, and can't do when reusing data.

Lack of clarity around reuse of data can have the same result as forbidding reuse of the data.

Open licensing framework

AusGOAL (Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Framework) is:

  • An open access and licensing framework based on the international suite of Creative Commons licences.
  • Designed to help select the least restrictive licence to apply to published datasets and other works
  • A common approach to data licensing across research and government.
  • Recommended licensing system for data publishing for ANDS partners. See AusGOAL - ANDS Guide.
  • Research data licensing FAQs.

Summary of permissions given by CC licenses

Note: AusGOAL also offers a restrictive license option.

CC Licenses

Software licences

AusGOAL provides guidance on software licensing, and recommends BSD 3 Clause Licence as its most preferred open source software licence. See AusGOAL software licensing.

Using data licenses

Many Australian universities have policies, procedures and guidelines around related data management issues. Attaching a licence or reuse notice to data is an important element of research data management, and is contingent upon:

  • drafting organisational policies
  • establishing data management capabilities and procedures
  • clarifying the provenance, ownership, and custodianship of the organisation's data assets.

ANDS Licensing webinars

Easy Access IP 
Dr Kevin Cullen UNSW
Research Data Licensing 
Diane Peters, General Counsel for Creative Commons

Open source science, research and data
Dr Matthew Todd