What challenges do you face in licensing your data?


For data to be open, it needs an open licence or to be placed in the public domain. Governments often adopt the Creative Commons open licences:

As a publisher, do these licences support you in releasing your data?

What challenges do you face in licensing your data?

Get an overview of how Creative Commons licences can help

Wanna work together by Creative Commons licensed under CC BY 4.0


Some more fine-grained licensing terms should also be supported.
CCs “instant licenses” are not changeable and you cannot go into details of other permissions, prohibitions, and obligations. The W3C is finalising a language that can do that now:
ODRL Information Model - http://www.w3.org/TR/odrl-model/
ODRL Vocabulary & Expression - http://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-odrl/


This looks promising if it is easy to use and supported by common portals like CKAN, OpenDataSoft, etc.

I think the ODI tried to tackle similar issues with their open data rights statement.

I assume:

  • a duty could be the requirement to provide attribution.
  • a permission could be (from CC BY):
    • You are free to:
      • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
      • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Are there plans to model the CC licences in your work?

Thanks for sharing the links.


Yes, you can reuse the CC properties in ODRL.
ie for an ODRL Permission, you can use cc:Reproduction (etc)

We started the ODRL/CC Profile: https://www.w3.org/community/odrl/work/cc/
We need to move that from the Community Group to the Working Group soon.