What is open licensing?

For data to be considered legally open it must have an open license. Intellectual property rights often prevent third parties from using, reusing and redistributing data without explicit permission. Therefore, when planning to make data open it is important to add a license to make it clear that people are free to use your data legally.

Helpful Resources:

  • Reusers Guide to Open Data Licensing - The Open Data Institute have produced a guide to reusing other peoples data and the potential legal implications: http://theodi.org/guides/reusers-guide-open-data-licensing
  • Open Definition Guide to Open Data Licensing - The Open Definition have produced a comprehensive legal guide to licensing data aimed specifically at those who want to make their data open, which covers both the practical aspects of licensing your data as well as a guide to the different kinds of rights that exist in the sphere of data: http://opendefinition.org/guide/data/
  • Conformant Licenses - The Open Definition have also produced a guide to the different types of licenses and the correct way to use them: http://opendefinition.org/licenses/
  • Making your Data Open, A Guide - The Open Knowledge Foundation have produced a short guide to applying an open license to your data http://opendatacommons.org/guide/

At Open Nepal, we encourage Creative Commons Licensing. This means that anyone is able to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as the following license term is respected:

Attribution: Appropriate credit by providing a link to the license, and indication of any changes made. Changes may be done in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggest the licensor endorses your or your use.

If you would like to find out more about the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 International than please go the website http://creativecommons.org/.