back to article Linux Foundation wants to do to data what it's done for software

The Linux Foundation has created one open-data licence framework to rule them all, allowing users to collaborate on data-driven projects. Today at the Open Source Summit in Prague, executive director Jim Zemlin announced the Community Data License Agreement, which is designed for non-proprietary data. The org says data …

  1. Justin Clift

    Licence proliferation for data licences

    Licence Proliferation was a growing problem with OSS Communities for a few years, until people got sick of it. With effort then taken to focus on a few main ones (~GPLs, ~MIT/BSDs).

    Wonder if this is a sign of similar problem happening for the Open Data world? There are a fair number of licences for "Open Data" available already. This new set doesn't really seem to add anything novel though. :(

    The CDLA website (only has four pages so far) doesn't yet have contact info for engaging the working group creating these licences. Hopefully that gets fixed, as being Open to discussion is kind of important for Open licences. :D

    1. DropBear

      Re: Licence proliferation for data licences

      Oh really? Such as what, other than the ODbL which last time I checked came around exactly because there were _no_ other appropriate "open" licenses around to do its job...? Please note that the traditional CC licences are _not_ for data but for creative works which at a first approximation have precisely nothing in common with the requirements licences for data have.

      1. Justin Clift

        Re: Licence proliferation for data licences

        > Oh really? Such as what ...

        The v4 CC licences are definitely for data (earlier ones less so), several governments have their own licences (UK, Taiwan, others).

        There's a fairly well established forum specifically for discussing such matters, which the Linux Foundation doesn't seem to have engaged prior to this announcement.

        The discussion of their announcement, on that forum: https://discuss.okfn.org/t/cdla-permissive-and-sharing-licenses/6095

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