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ALicence to Thrill
The Exciting Potential of Open Data
Jane Stevenson, The Archives Hub
by Patriiciiaa suga
“Scholarly communications is changing, and changing rapidly.
Technological developments have expanded the potential range
of dissemination of research and the delivery mechanisms, with
researchers expecting any-time, anywhere access.”
Ithaka S+R | Jisc | RLUK, UK Survey of Academics 2012
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Promotes a philosophy and practice
requiring that data be freely available to
everyone, without restrictions from
copyright, patents or other mechanisms of
control. Licences to reuse are
acceptable, but not licences that restrict
“The things that have happened with the Web have really blown
us away; they are much more than we initially imagined.”
…There is still huge potential to unlock…”
“[If] it’s all open source you don’t need anybody’s
permission to create something great”
An open source 3D printer.
Arduino: an open-source
electronics prototyping platform
• UK Freedom of Information Act, 2000
• Germany, freedom of information
• Norway, freedom of information
• EU right of access to European
parliament, Council and Commission
documents, 2000 & 2001
• etc, etc.
“My…research examines the ways in which copyright
may inappropriately be a barrier to online
access….My research has found that memory
institutions are more cautious than copyright law
requires when digitizing their holdings and making
them available online.”
“Products, recommendations, decisions and
entire businesses are being constructed on
top of data sourced from [elsewhere].
Without an understanding of where that data
came from, and how it was
collected, interpreted or maintained, all of
those products, recommendations, decisions
and businesses stand upon very shaky
Paul Miller, Cloud of Data http://cloudofdata.com/2013/05/getting-it-right-with-data-attribution/
cartoon by Adams from the Sunday Telegraph
We should proactively seek to create positive
This doesn’t mean everything has to be open.
It means open is generally a good thing.
It means we must engage in the debate.
It means we try to do what is in the interests of
research, knowledge and understanding.