What's the correct way to attribute CC BY licensed data?


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:

Noosa Suburbs © 2016 Noosa Shire Council is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Why? The legal code of the Creative Commons Attribution licence states:

Woah! Let’s break it down:

All done? Not quite.

Section 2 provides another way to attribute.

So could we get away with this attribution?

Data source

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.