I’m going to suggest a way to attribute data licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (CC BY 4.0). I’d love to know if you think I’ve got it right or if there are other ways to attribute open data correctly.
As an example, I’ll use the Noosa Suburbs data published by Noosa Shire Council using the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence.
I think it should be attributed:
Why? The legal code of the Creative Commons Attribution licence states:
Woah! Let’s break it down:
- “identification of the creators”, ok that’s “Noosa Shire Council”
- “a copyright notice”, that’s “© 2016 Noosa Shire Council”
- “a notice that refers to this Public Licence”, that’s the text “CC BY 4.0” and hyperlink to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode
- “a notice that refers to the disclaimer of warranties”, that’s in the same link to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode
- “a hyperlink to the licensed materials”, that’s the text “Noosa Suburbs” and the hyperlink to http://data.gov.au/dataset/noosa-suburbs
- “hyperlink to this Public Licence”, that’s that link again https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode
All done? Not quite.
Section 2 provides another way to attribute.
So could we get away with this attribution?
Actually, in this case it doesn’t matter because Noosa Shire Council don’t require attribution.
Still I think it would be nice to provide attribution and give credit for the effort made to publish open data for you to use.
I’d love to read your thoughts below.
- would it be more friendly to link to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ instead of https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode?
- are there ways attribution could also support the tracking of data usage?
- what should you do if you find data being used with incorrect or missing attribution?
- why did Noosa waive their right to attribution and not just use CC0? (hint)