About the Licensing and Attribution category


Giving permission to use data and acknowledging data publishers


A brilliant example of a project, initiated out of University of Melbourne is AURIN - Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. This valuable national service now facilitates access to some of the most sensitive data sets available within Australia. A great example for licensing and attribution.

Attributes of value that may be leveraged and which AURIN does leverage include those widely used within the Global Federation Community (www.refeds.org) with reference to Australia’s Identity Federation. Identity Federations generally utilise a set of core attributes.
Australia’s include:

  • auEduPersonSharedToken
  • displayName (First & last)
  • eduPersonAffiliation (Faculty)
  • eduPersonEntitlement (granular access)
  • eduPersonScopedAffiliation
  • eduPersonTargetedID
  • AuthenticationMethod
  • eduPersonAssurance
  • cn
  • o (Organisation name)
  • mail (email address)

This list is valuable for the Australian Education and Research sector but of course could be more inclusive in the future to ensure applicability for Industry.


AURIN do great work. However, a lot of AURIN’s data is not open data. As you point out, a significant proportion is either sensitive or has been procured into AURIN under restrictive licensing arrangements, or in the alternative, procured under under some alternative non-open permission.

I am struggling to understand how core attributes above articulate licensing and reuse rights?