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Re: Design issues 5-star data section tidy up

From: Damian Steer <d.steer@bristol.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:47:34 +0000
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To: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
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On 10/03/11 13:34, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> On 3/10/11 2:27 AM, Christopher Gutteridge wrote:
>> "Is that bad? For Linked Data to be useful, you need to be able to mix
>> and share.". Sorry but that's simply not true. For it to be useful *to
>> you*, perhaps, but (Closed) Linked Data still has massive value as a
>> technology and not all data should or can be fully open!
> "Open" is about Standards. It isn't about Public or Private access.

How Can I Make My Data Open?
 1. Make your data publicly available!
    If your data isn’t publicly available then you make it hard for
    others to use it (or even decide whether to use it).
 2. Apply a suitable open data license.
    Explicit licensing is essential to provide clarity and certainty to
    users and reusers (and is needed even if you want your data to be
    ‘public domain’).
" [1]

In what I've read the emphasis is on 2 (e.g. [2]), but 1 seems pretty


[1] <http://www.opendatacommons.org/guide/>
[2] <http://precedings.nature.com/documents/1526/version/1>
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