Licensing Data as Open Data

One of the findings that has emerged clearly from the UK OER Programme and from the UK Discovery work is that for a healthy content ecosystem, information about the content needs to be available to many different systems, services and users. Appropriately licensing the metadata and feeds is crucial to downstream discovery and use.

The OER IPR Support Project have developed this fabulous animation to introduce the importance of open data licensing in an engaging way.

It was developed out of the UK OER Programme but informed by the work of several other areas including UK Discovery, Managing Research Data, the Strategic Content Alliance, and sharing XCRI course feeds. With thanks to the many people who helped in the storyboarding, scripting and feedback: particularly Phil Barker, Tony Hirst and Martin Hawskey.

You may remember the same OER IPR team produced the Turning a Resource into an Open Educational Resource (1,700+ hits and counting). The team is Web2Rights (Naomi Korn, Alex Dawson), JISC Legal (Jason Miles-Campbell) and the animator is Luke McGowan. The whole animation is (c) HEFCE on behalf of JISC, and Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0.

We hope it will have wide usefulness and we very much welcome feedback.

Amber Thomas, JISC


3 Responses to “Licensing Data as Open Data”

  1. w/c 8 October – Discovery News Roundup « Discovery on October 14th, 2012 6:32 pm

    […] work of the Discovery programme has informed the latest animation from the OER IPR Support Project: ‘Open Data Licensing’ which you can view below. A key aspect of the Discovery programme’s approach is […]

  2. A Thousand Words « fragments of amber on October 17th, 2012 8:18 am

    […] educational resource, (and there is a new one on licensing open data, not yet launched* UPDATE: here it is!). I love the humour in the line drawings and the way they communicate some quite tricky concepts […]

  3. CFHE12 Week 2 Analysis: Data! Show me your data and I’ll show you mine JISC CETIS MASHe on October 22nd, 2012 10:12 am

    […] Something I haven’t touched upon is how the data is licensed. There are lots of issues with embedding license information in data files. For example, I’m sure technically the OPML file I generated should be licensed CC-BY-NC-SA CFHE12 because this is the license of the source data? I’m going to skip over this point but welcome your comments (you might also want to check the Open Data Licensing Animation from the OERIPR Support Project). […]

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