Panton Principles for Open Data

Launch of the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science and ‘Is It Open Data?’ Web Service, Jonathan Gray, Open Knowledge Foundation Blog, February 19, 2010 [Connotea bookmark][Topsy search results][Panton Principles][Is It Open Data?].

A commentary: Panton Principles for Open Data in Science, Bill Hooker, Open Reading Frame, February 19, 2010 [FriendFeed entry].

The Principles:

  • When publishing data make an explicit and robust statement of your wishes [with respect to re-use and re-purposing of individual data elements, the whole data collection, and subsets of the collection].
  • Use a recognized waiver or license that is appropriate for data [many widely recognized licenses are not appropriate].
  • If you want your data to be effectively used and added to by others it should be open as defined by the Open Knowledge/Data Definition – in particular non-commercial and other restrictive clauses should not be used.
  • Explicit dedication of data underlying published science into the public domain via PDDL or CCZero is strongly recommended and ensures compliance with both the Science Commons Protocol for Implementing Open Access Data and the Open Knowledge/Data Definition.

Some background information about the origin of these Principles (at the Panton Arms, Cambridge): The Panton Principles: A breakthrough on data licensing for public science? Peter Murray-Rust, petermr’s blog, May 16th, 2009, and: A breakthrough on data licensing for public science? Cameron Neylon, Science in the Open, May 15, 2009.

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4 Comments »

  1. Jim Till said

    See also: Reaching Agreement On The Public Domain For Science, John Wilbanks, Common Knowledge, February 19, 2010.

    For some background about the debate about data and licenses, see: Licenses and protocols for Open Science – the debate continues, Cameron Neylon, Science in the Open, February 6, 2009.

  2. Jim Till said

    See also the discussion of the Panton Principles in the Comments section of this post: Panton Principles: Principles for Open Data in Science, John Dupuis, Confessions of a Science Librarian, February 22, 2010 (found via: http://ff.im/gqCes).

  3. Jim Till said

    Another relevant post: Can That Data Be Shared? by David Bollier, OnTheCommons.org, February 23, 2010 (found via: http://j.mp/9V7nVK).

  4. Jim Till said

    More about the Panton Principles: Comments on the Panton Principles and Data Licensing by Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation Blog, March 25. 2010.

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