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Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work–on conditions of your choice.
For more information and links to data resources, including repositories for shared data, see our Data Resources LibGuide.
What makes data open?
According to SPARC, Open Data is research data that:
- Is freely available on the internet;
- Permits any user to download, copy, analyze, re-process, pass to software or use for any other purpose; and
- Is without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.
Increasingly, government agencies are requiring data that they generate or whose generation they fund (through grants, etc.) be open for use by other researchers and available to the public. Check for current data sharing requirements from various US governmental agencies (including granting agencies such as NSF) here. A number of non-governmental granting agencies, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, also require that data underlying research publications be made freely available with a CC-BY license.
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