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Re: Consumer guidance

From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 20:52:20 +0000
Cc: "HTML Data Task Force WG" <public-html-data-tf@w3.org>
Message-Id: <E681D1EE-3579-4144-BAAF-1AA63DDA099C@jenitennison.com>
To: Jayson Lorenzen <Jayson.Lorenzen@businesswire.com>

On 21 Nov 2011, at 17:30, Jayson Lorenzen wrote:
> Should there be a note that consumers should look for usage rights and/or attribution instructions on the pages or in the data they are consuming (when provided)? Schema.org does not  support much beyond defining the rights holder or source org (at least for news) but it is something. 

Good thinking. I added this for Publisher Good Practice:

  The goal of publishing HTML data is to enable consumers to reuse it. To 
  make it clear how the HTML data you publish can be reused, you should 
  include information about the rights holder and license that the information 
  is made under. There are a number of vocabularies that enable you to do 
  this, such as schema.org, rel-license, Creative Commons and Dublin Core. 
  Your target consumers should indicate which formats they understand when 
  it comes to expressing licensing information and which licenses they know 
  about, and you should choose a relevant format in the same way as you do 
  for the core data that you are publishing.

and this for Consumer Good Practice:

  The presence of HTML data within a website does not imply that the 
  data can be used without restriction. Publishers may license the 
  information provided through HTML data, for example to restrict it 
  to non-commercial use or to use only with attribution. It is good 
  practice for a consumer to honour licenses and to indicate to publishers 
  which formats they recognise for expressing licensing information 
  within HTML pages, and which licenses they recognise as indicating 
  that the data within the page is consumable. Typical vocabularies 
  for expressing this information are schema.org, rel-license, Creative 
  Commons or Dublin Core.

  Even when the use of data is unrestricted, it is good practice for 
  consumers to record the source of the information that they use and, 
  when republishing that data, provide metadata about the rights holder, 
  source and license under which the information is available, using 
  the same vocabularies as those listed above.

Does that address the issue?


Jeni Tennison
Received on Sunday, 27 November 2011 20:52:52 UTC

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