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Licences for Datasets

Over the last few days I have been discussing licencing of datasets with some colleagues here at the University of Glasgow.

We need to clarify support for review of licence terms and recording of licences. 

We will be looking at how we manage licencing in of data e.g. where a researcher wants to use data owned by a third party to do some research.  We have seen example agreements which state that any research results emerging from use of the data become the Intellectual Property of the third party.  We need to make sure there is clear advice to staff as to what to look out for when obtaining data from third parties.

The Digital Curation Centre provides some advice on licencing out data at:


We will be convening a working group early 2012 to start work on formal policies for Data Management and Storage as well as reviewing and augmenting the support we already have in place.

We hope to both learn from others who who have done work on policies and share our views with the community.


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