RE: Two blog posts that may be of interest


From: Steven Adler []
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2014 2:46 PM
To: Makx Dekkers
Cc: 'Antoine Isaac';
Subject: RE: Two blog posts that may be of interest

It is not for us to recommend specific legal contracts or policies.  Those decisions are up to the publishers.  It is enough for us to recommend that the Open Data contracts and policies be machine readable.  Others are studying Model Contracts and will make recommendations on simplified terms.  However, every publishing authority can choose their own terms and conditions.  If those terms and conditions are overly complex and that complexity makes it cumbersome to render them in machine code, that is perhaps its own incentive for simplification...

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05/29/2014 01:10 PM


RE: Two blog posts that may be of interest


I was just wondering whether CC REL is a reasonably simple approach
that can be recommended, or at least mentioned as a candidate for best

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Antoine Isaac []
> Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2014 6:51 PM
> To:<>
> Subject: Re: Two blog posts that may be of interest
> Hi Steve,
> I've never said (and I believe neither have Leigh) that machine
> readability is useless. What we're questioning is the relevance of
> super-complex frameworks.
> Most observed cases of data re-use cry for simple conditions. If one
> has to fulfill 15 different conditions that are hard and absolutely
> not standardized in order to re-use a dataset, one will probably
> abstain, even if these conditions have been described in a machine-
> readable way.
> Antoine
> On 5/28/14 11:39 PM, Steven Adler wrote:
> > I disagree.  We are a long way from universal license terms and
> machine readability of terms and conditions would provide benefits to
> large and small data consumers alike.
> >

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