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Draft of an Open Data Commons Attribution License

Yesterday Open Data Commons [released a draft](http://www.opendatacommons.org/2010/01/11/draft-of-an-open-data-commons-attribution-license/) of a new [attribution license specifically aimed at data and databases](http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/by/). We would warmly welcome feedback on the new draft, and help circulating it to relevant parties (including legal experts, prospective users and so on)! From [the announcement](http://www.opendatacommons.org/2010/01/11/draft-of-an-open-data-commons-attribution-license/): > Open Data Commons are happy to announce the first […]

New open data from London Datastore

As you may well have seen, last Thursday the Greater London Authorities announced the new [London Datastore](http://data.london.gov.uk/): * From the [press release](http://www.london.gov.uk/view_press_release.jsp?releaseid=24620): > The Mayor of London will unveil plans for the capital’s first open data project which will see large amounts of previously unavailable information from City Hall released online. > Similar to the […]

Interview with Jordan Hatcher on legal tools for open data

The [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org/)’s [Jordan Hatcher](http://www.opencontentlawyer.com/) was recently interviewed by the [Semantic Web Company](http://www.semantic-web.at) about [Why we can’t use the same open licensing approach for databases as we do for content and software](http://www.semantic-web.at/1.36.resource.296.jordan-s-hatcher-x22-why-we-can-x27-t-use-the-same-open-licensing-approach-for-databases-a.htm): > Legal certainty is crucial when it comes to build business around new technologies. The Open Knowledge Foundation has started to tackle […]

After the Open Data and Semantic Web Workshop

Last week we had a workshop on [Open Data and the Semantic Web](http://blog.okfn.org/2009/08/05/open-data-and-the-semantic-web-workshop-london-13th-november-2009/) in London. There were some excellent talks, demos and discussions – and documentation is now online! As a result of discussions we had at the workshop, we now have two new volunteer positions at the Open Knowledge Foundation. If you’re interested in […]

Slides from Open Data Session at ISWC 2009

The Open Knowledge Foundation’s [Jordan Hatcher](http://okfn.org/about/people#JordanHatcher) recently co-led a workshop on [Legal and Social Frameworks for Sharing Data on the Web](http://www.opendatacommons.org/events/iswc-2009-legal-social-sharing-data-web/) at the [8th International Semantic Web Conference](http://iswc2009.semanticweb.org/). He was joined by Leigh Dodds and Tom Heath of [Talis](http://www.talis.com/), and Kaitlin Thaney of [Science Commons](http://sciencecommons.org/). You can now see: * [Jordan’s slides – Open Data […]

OpenFlights data released under Open Database License (ODbL)

[OpenFlights](http://openflights.org/) is a site for “flight logging, mapping, stats and sharing”. We’re very pleased to hear they’ve [just released their data](http://openflights.org/blog/2009/10/13/comprehensive-airline-route-data-released/) under the [Open Database License (ODbL)](http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/): > One of OpenFlights‘ most popular features is our dynamic airport and airline route mapping, and today, we’re proud to release the underlying data in an easy-to-use form, […]

ODC Open Database License (ODbL) Release Candidate 2 is Out

Open Data Commons, a project we help host and run, has [put out](http://www.opendatacommons.org/2009/06/15/open-database-license-odbl-v10-release-candidate-2-available/) its second and final “Release Candidate” of the [Open Database License (ODbL)](http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/). As it states [in the announcement](http://www.opendatacommons.org/2009/06/15/open-database-license-odbl-v10-release-candidate-2-available/): > The Open Database License (ODbL) v1.0 “Release Candidate 2” is now available at: > > > > As expected there haven’t been many […]

Open Data Commons Release v1.0 Release Candidate for Open Database License

Open Data Commons, a project we help host, has [put out](http://www.opendatacommons.org/2009/04/29/open-database-license-odbl-v10-release-candidate-available/) a v1.0 “Release Candidate” for their [Open Database License (ODbL)](http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/). As it states in the [announcement](http://www.opendatacommons.org/2009/04/29/open-database-license-odbl-v10-release-candidate-available/): > This updated version of the license incorporates a whole set of changes arising out of the [earlier comments period](/2009/02/27/open-database-license-draft-available-for-comments/) and the main changes are summarized below. > […]