How FAIR is your data? Copyright, licensing and reuse of data
How FAIR is your data? Copyright, licensing and
reuse of data
1 November 2018
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1. Code for Responsible Conduct of Research
2. F.A.I.R. Principles
3. The Guide to Licensing Research Data
a. Much material out there but ...
b. What about a practical step-by-step guide?
i. All up 3 ‘work flows’ and a few pages of text
Code for Responsible Conduct of Research
Management, storage, sharing, communication of research methodology, data,
findings, records and primary materials
● P3 “Share and communicate research methodology, data and findings
openly, responsibly and accurately.”
● R8 (Institutions)
● R22 (Researchers)
‘Management of Data and Information in Research’ guide accompanying the Code
F.A.I.R. Data Principles
· I’m a lawyer, but I’m not your lawyer.
· The Guide is not intended to provide legal advice, rather, it provides ‘guidance’ and invites readers
to obtain further advice if their needs require.
· While copyright is an international phenomena, its characteristics vary around the world. The Guide
only addresses copyright and licensing as relevant in Australia.
· The Guide is primarily directed toward people and organisations or facilities that wish to share
information generally, so as to encourage broad reuse of the data they make available.
· The Guide is compatible with the F.A.I.R. Principles and the Guide to Legal Interoperability of
Research Data: Principles and Implementation Guidelines, by the Research Data Alliance/CODATA.
· Thanks to the people involved in providing feedback on an exposure draft of the Guide! Your
feedback was both immensely helpful and gratefully received.
Data Rightsholder’s Flowchart
· This is primarily for people or organisations that create
data, appreciating that we are also creators when we
merge disparate datasets together.
· This (and the other) flowcharts presume that it is the
intention of the creator to share the data with others.
Data User’s Flowchart
· This flowchart is directed toward data users, though it
acknowledges that data users can also be creators.
· Its primary intention is to ensure that data users comply
with their obligations in relation to the data they are
· Its secondary intention is to manage risk and (at least to
some extent) support good organisational data
Data Supplier’s Flowchart
· The data supplier’s flowchart is directed toward
organisations or facilities, rather than individuals.
· Its primary purpose is to ensure that, to the extent
possible, data sourced through the supplier is legally
· Its secondary purpose is to manage risk for the data
supplier and reduce transaction costs for users.
Take Home Points
Data rightsholders -
· If you publish a dataset, apply a licence. If you want your data to be widely
re-used, apply an open licence.
· Don’t create your own open licence. The last thing the world needs is another
Data users - Comply with licences that have been applied to the data you are
using. In the case of CC licences, you accept the terms of the licence by using the
Data suppliers - Ensure your facility is equipped with the policies and functionality
to supply data with an appropriate licence.
With the exception of third party images or where otherwise indicated, this work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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