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Proposing a licence for data
As contributions to the Talis Platform continue to grow, and an ever-increasing body of those interested in consuming Platform services come forward, it is important that we agree a licence with the flexibility and permissiveness to allow the use and reuse that we all want to see, whilst protecting the reasonable rights of those sharing their data in the first place. Believing that existing licence models do not adequately address the particular issues associated with contributing and consuming data, we are proposing a new Licence and would welcome your thoughts on it and ways in which it might be applied.
Licenses such as those from Creative Commons are used for this site and elsewhere within Talis, but don't really work for data contributions. GNU's General Public License works for software but it, too, would appear to fall short of meeting this community's data needs, especially in the light of legal protections such as those enshrined in the European notion of database rights.
We have drafted the Talis Community Licence with the specific intention that it provide adequate protections to those contributing data whilst also lowering unnecessary barriers to reuse of those data via the Platform by third parties. We are engaging with interested experts such as those from Creative Commons, openbusiness.cc, and the team behind a previous study into the applicability of Creative Commons to the UK public sector. We are also continuing to explore alternative licensing models, in case an existing licence that we have overlooked might meet these needs.
We welcome contributions and comment from all interested parties, especially those interested in using the licence to protect their contributions, those interested in using the licence to reuse data contributed by others, and those interested in using a licence such as this in contexts beyond the data currently available via the Platform.