How to share data?

When planning to share your research data, it is useful to consider how you want your data to be used by others. You can then apply a relevant licence that most closely reflects those intended uses.

Applying an explicit licence removes any ambiguity over what users can and cannot do with your data.

Creative Commons licenses

The NTU Research Data Policy recommends the application of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC:BY:NC for data sharing purpose, where others may use your research data for non-commercial applications only and must correctly attribute the data source in NTU (see CC BY-NC 4.0).

Creative Commons is a US-based non-profit organisation which has been a leader in developing licensing tools for sharing creative works over the internet.

Creative Commons (CC) licences are popular on the internet because they provide robust legal code combined with a human-readable summary that is understandable at a glance, and also a machine-to-machine layer of code that will help make information resources interoperable across systems.

In the suite of 4.0 licences released in 2013, CC has worked with legal experts in a wide range of countries to produce a set of licences that work well for both research data and expressive works because they:

    • conform to both copyright law and database rights where applicable
    • do not need to be ported for use in particular countries, as they are applicable in all jurisdictions

Video: Creative Commons Attribution license quick and awesome review

A video that explains the various Creative Commons licences in a simple and easy to understand manner.


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