Why apply a licence?
Use a licence to tell
others how they can
legally share your work
Promotes re-use and
Gives the owner control
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research:
"Researchers have a responsibility to their colleagues
and the wider community to disseminate a full account
of their research as broadly as possible”. Section 4.4
In terms of research data, the best way to achieve this
objective is to license the data (using AusGOAL) and to
place it in a publicly-accessible repository (along with
appropriate metadata etc).
If you don't license the data, no-one else can use it; it's
A message for researchers
ANDS - Copyright, data and licensing
AusGOAL licensing framework
AusGOAL contains eight licensing options:
Six Australian Creative Commons (CC) Version
Restrictive Licence Template (RLT)
BSD 3-Clause Software Licence
ANDS endorses AusGOAL
Wide support by Federal and
Licensing and data
NOT FOR DATA
Slide is courtesy of Baden Appleyard – Director of AusGOAL
How open can I be?
Consent? (For what?)
Potential for harm/discrimination?
Data modified to address identification, limit
Spectrum of Openness
Screenshot from http://libguides.library.curtin.edu.au/
Open Access vs Conditions to access
‘Open / Shared / Closed: The world of data’
CC-BY-SA Open Data Institute link
When CC licence not suitable
Restrictive Licences can ‘bespoke’ your
conditions of access and use
*Check with your DM support,
School/Department/Institution to see if
one already exists for you to repurpose
How do I apply a licence?
You must ‘own’ the data to apply the licence
Look at your institution/s IP policies
When partnering: agree – before collecting the
data – who can apply the licence and what that
licence will be
Include this info in HREC application
How do I apply a licence?
• Just apply the marking (image) and/or statement
• Make it visible on the document, repository record,
and/or attached to the data
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• Take control! Be clear about who may
reuse your data and for what purpose
• Where no licence is applied,
uncertainty may lead to no reuse or
• Ensure you get the attribution you
• Conditional access is a good option for
sensitive health data
Gerry Ryder, ANDS e-RSA Seminar, Mar 26, 2015
Three Licensing Examples
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With the exception of logos, third party images or where otherwise indicated, this
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ANDS is supported by the Australian
Government through the National Collaborative
Research Infrastructure Strategy Program.
Monash University leads the partnership with
the Australian National University and CSIRO.
Thanks to Kathryn Unsworth, Sarah Olsen, Gerry Ryder