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Re: DCAT: License vs Rights

From: Fadi Maali <fadi.maali@deri.org>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2013 11:32:30 +0100
Cc: public-gld-comments@w3.org, Stuart Harrison <stuart.harrison@theodi.org>
Message-Id: <3A34C301-C802-4A34-BFA1-013B673B4004@deri.org>
To: Jeni Tennison <jeni@theodi.org>
Hello Jeni,

Thanks a lot for your feedback on DCAT vocabulary.

The Working Group supported your suggestion of using dct:rights instead of dct:license. It is implemented in the draft now:

Best regards,
Fadi Maali
PhD student @ DERI
Irish Research Council Embark Scholarship holder

On 3 Apr 2013, at 11:56, Jeni Tennison <jeni@theodi.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been looking at DCAT from an legal perspective. The extent of the legal metadata supported within DCAT, are that both Distributions and Catalogs have a license property (described as "The license under which the distribution is made available").
> In Europe, data publishers have both copyright and database rights over the data that they publish, and may have to reference more than one licence as a result. In addition, there is often extra information that supplements the licence to enable reusers to fulfil it, such as the attribution that they have to provide when they reuse. Having a single link to a licence and not having a mechanism to give this supplementary information might be too simplistic.
> So, I wonder whether it would be better to incorporate dct:rights than dct:license, and link to a rights statement that would include licensing and attribution information both for the copyright and for the database right if there is one.
> I note that in CKAN the link to the licence uses the relation dct:rights. The only things related to licensing in data.gov are around attribution (I believe this is because all US government data is public domain).
> Cheers,
> Jeni
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> Jeni Tennison, Technical Director   theODI.org
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