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Re: Advocacy URL for publishing data with an explicit license

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:40:34 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <1319488834.16123.YahooMailNeo@web112616.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
To: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Perhaps I'm introducing more complexity into the question than necessary.  A bit of willful ignorance goes a long way here.  With my app for ISWC[1] I ran into the problem of dct:creator vs dct:contributor with Public Sector Information - all from the UN.

In the case of UN LOCODES I was reformatting and making an extract of an ACCESS data base (linked to dbpedia).  The information was not available in any sort of web format, so I was rightly a dct:contributor, and the information was Public Domain [2].

In the case of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, I did not create, and contribution was nill.  UNESCO was quite clear in their wishes concerning links [3] although they offer an XML version then ask you not to change anything (nod, wink).

For the app I settled for a CC Public Domain Mark with a no Personally Identifiable Information caveat (hoping Charlemagne does not mind).


[2] http://live.unece.org/cefact/locode/welcome.html

[3] http://whc.unesco.org/en/disclaimer/

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
To: public-lod@w3.org
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 1:28 PM
Subject: Advocacy URL for publishing data with an explicit license

Dear list,

We all know that data publishers *should* publish their data along with an explicit license that explains what kind of re-use is allowed.

Can anyone suggest a good reference/link/URL that makes this case? A blog post or advocacy site or similar?

Bonus points if it has specific recommendations for RDF.

My preferred candidate so far is this – but it's not particularly strong on the “why”:

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