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Creative Commons and data projects. One license to rule them all

- February 6, 2014 in CC, creative commons, Data Days, datadays2014, Featured

Creative Commons by Kalexanderson, on Flickr
As open data and open data projects are becoming increasingly important as value creators in the modern-day economy, it is nice to see that important efforts are being made to professionalise and perpetuate the open data community. For a while now, it has become clear that the initial approach – which was mainly conceived as an app-competition – doesn’t suffice to keep the communities engaged, nor has it proven to be a breeding ground for sustainable businesses. Luckily high-level initiatives like the Apps4Europe project are being rolled out to provide opportunities to establish a more nurturing environment for the open data community and to foster and streamline the value creation process. On the legal side of things, the global Creative Commons community has been working hard for the last couple of years to make sure version 4.0 of the Creative Commons licenses caters to these particular needs of open data projects. We personally believe that the new version has set a great standard for the coming years. Unfortunately we also see that data-owners of all sorts are increasingly coming up with proprietary licensing suites. It has not been said that these different license sets are lacking anything in terms of legal thoroughness or comprehensiveness. But we do fear that this license proliferation leads to increased complexity for the end user, especially when combining different datasets. Compatibility issues are never far off and different attribution standards could lead to a legal skein. If we really want to harvest the potential of open data, we must look beyond regional and national interests when considering yet again a new licensing suite. The open data community is a global movement, so open data projects and it’s licenses should keep this premise in mind. Furthermore, data owners shouldn’t try to use copyright to force attribution claims through proprietary licenses. There are other and better ways to achieve that. Lastly, we should try to set licensing standards. Best practices for data-owners so we can standardise the way content and metadata are being licensed. This is something that can already be found in the Europeana licensing framework for cultural heritage institutions and seems to pay off in the long run. For Open Belgium, Creative Commons Belgium has invited two very interesting speakers to dig a little deeper into this topic of licensing for data projects and license proliferation. First up is Katleen Janssen, board member of OKFN Belgium with over 12 years research experience in open data and public sector information, who will give a talk about the danger of license proliferation and how we can try to counter the preconceptions a lot of data owners have about the need of proprietary licenses. Afterwards Thomas Margoni, senior researcher at iVIR in Amsterdam, will explain the changes that have been made to  version 4.0 of the Creative Commons licenses and how this can benefit open data projects. Be sure to check out the rest of the program too. Join us at the Open Belgium Conference during Data Days for an interesting day of sharing knowledge and a couple of drinks afterwards!  photo by Kalexanderson Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License

Creative Commons Belgium

- June 2, 2012 in creative commons

  I’m happy to announce that from here on out Creative Commons Belgium will cluster with and be sited under the OKFN Belgium organization! Since the start of 2012 the Belgian Creative Commons affiliation has been reanimated by a brand new team. The new CC-BE team consists of both people from the former formation and some fresh blood. There currently is an open position for Legal Lead available to all who is willing and able, although an academic background in copyright is preferred. In meantime Séverine Dusollier, head of Intellectual Property Rights at Centre de Recherches Informatique et Droit at Namur and former Project Lead of CC Belgium, will continue to take charge of all legal matters. The position of Public Lead will be taken on by myself. As CC Belgium and OKFN Belgium are practically pursuing the same goals of promotion and education concerning “the power of open” we concluded that we could mutually benefit from an extensive form of collaboration. In practice this means that CC Belgium will constitute a new workgroup within the organization of OKFN Belgium and furthermore we are looking for joint projects wherever possible. For the remainder of 2012 CC Belgium will focus on setting up an organizational structure and a decent informative website. Of course we are always looking to expand and consolidate our network and if anyone might be interested to make a contribution to the CC Belgium project, you are more then welcome to join our team. I strongly believe this marks the start of a successful collaboration and a new chapter for the copyleft community in Belgium!
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 Yannick H’Madoun                                                                                                                                        Public Lead Creative Commons Belgium