Ordnance Survey Ireland

Ordnance Survey Ireland
OSi Observations
DPER Issue for Consideration
1. What licences are public bodies currently
using? (e.g. PSI, Open, etc.). Any views on
the general applicability of a preferred Open
Data licence to PSI?
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OSi Comment
OSi currently use the Inspire Licence on
GeoPortal.ie for compliance with the EU
Inspire Directive.
OSi also uses a proprietary commercial
licence type for the re-use of Government
copyrighted map data.
OSi use variants of this proprietary
commercial licence for education use and
research / development use.
OSi thinks that attribution should remain.
At least part way down the licence chain
(direct licences e.g. CC BY but possibly not to
sub-licences e.g. CC BY-SA).
2. CC0 requires waiving of certain rights
(including Attribution, although it can be
specifically requested, eg,
https://open.fda.gov/terms/). Is this acceptable
to public bodies?
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3. If public bodies need to retain copyright of
datasets, can this be done through the CC-BY
licence?
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In our opinion it can.
4. Are we clear on the copyright owner of data
generated by Public Bodies in all cases? Does
it always belong to the body/department
which created the data? Are there always
stringent contracts in place to ensure that
copyright cannot rest with an external
creator such as a contractor?
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Yes, OSi would always have clarity on where
copyright resides. In cases where third
parties have copyright in the data OSi
distributes, OSi has ensured that it has the
right to distribute the data and we grant the
user the right to use the data.
5. What process/governance will be in place to
ensure that data being published on
data.gov.ie can actually be published under
an Open Data licence? e.g. to ensure the data
is appropriately anonymised if necessary (and
complies with data protection) or is not
breaking previous copyright rules?
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OSi operates extensive internal data
management and data governance
procedures that can be used to ensure that
any data published is not breaking previous
copyright rules.
OSI would not generally have data that needs
to be anonymised.
6. Can multiple licence formats be used,
depending on the complexities of each
dataset? For example, if a Third Party has
contributed copyright material. Can an
institution release some data under an Open
Data licence, with non-Open Data linked via
the Open Data portal, but under another
appropriate licence? Or, should only datasets
associated with the recommended Open
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From a user perspective it might be confusing
and to publish data on data.gov.ie that
requires conformance to more than one
licence type.
Properly attributed Open Data would allow
the user the option of approaching the
publishing organisation, under a separate
mechanism, to seek additional datasets that
might be of interest to them.
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Licence be included on data.gov.ie?
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7. Can CC0 be used for all the metadata
published on data.gov.ie, with a different
licence being used, if necessary, for the
actual dataset on the public body’s website?
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8. What arrangements should be made in
respect of data that a public body sells as a
means of self-funding (OSi, CRO, PRA)?
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In that way there would be an obvious
separation in process, protecting the user
from inadvertent misuse of data available on
data.gov.ie.
Yes.
OSi are seeking to make some of its data
available under an Open Licence on
data.gov.ie.
As per our response in Question 2, OSi’s
preference is CC BY (Attribution Only).
OSi would need to seek compensation for
any lost commercial revenues associated
with the provision of Open Data (as OSi is
presently required to substantially cover its
operational costs from the commercial
licence and re-sale of its data).
OSi would expect that in some instances
users of this data would transition to OSi
commercial licenced data as the need arises.
This transition is at the user choice, but is
assisted by properly attributed Open Data.
OSi’s opinion is that maps, be they
topographic or cadastral, are considered as
databases protected by EU Directive 96/9/EC.
An open data licence, by waving or relaxing
conditions, then allows that data to be used
in a particular way.
9. Are the open licences (Creative Commons,
Open Data Commons) compatible with EU
and national copyright and database-related
legislation? For example, under Directive
96/9/EC, provision has been made for a set of
sui generis arrangements whereby the
creator of a database, whether a natural or
legal person, can prohibit the unauthorised
retrieval and/or re-use of its contents.
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10. What are the implications for data generated
for cross-border projects (eg, Ireland-Britain,
if different licensing arrangements are in
place?
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OSi overcame these problems with the
Inspire Directive by working in harmony with
Land & Property Services NI; a similar
approach is required.
11. Are you aware of any legal impediments to
using an Open Licence for specific datasets?
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No
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This is preferable to OSi.
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Finally, please provide your views on two
proposed licensing statements:
12. Content published through the national open
data portal, data.gov.ie, is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
International (CC BY 4.0) licence unless
otherwise stated. Content on or linked
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through the portal which is not covered by
the CC-BY licence is clearly marked with the
appropriate licence or copyright statement.
Such an approach allows for a tiered
approach to the openness of the data. If CCBY is not used, the public body should explain
why.
13. Unless otherwise noted, the content, data,
documentation, code, and related materials
on data.gov.ie is available with a Creative
Commons CC0 1.0 Universal dedication. This
dedication waives all rights to the work
worldwide under copyright law, including all
related and neighbouring rights, to the extent
allowed by law. You can copy, modify,
distribute, and perform the work, even for
commercial purposes, all without asking
permission. This dedication implies no
warranties about the work. There is no
liability for any uses of the work, to the
fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
Some data on data.gov.ie may not be
covered by the CC0 dedication, such as
copies of copyrightable works made available
to the public bodies by private entities. Such
works may made available under the
provisions of extant Copyright legislation and
any relevant EU Directives. Therefore, your
rights to use those works may be similarly
limited. Works where CC0 do not apply will
be clearly marked by a warning in the
relevant documentation (for example: “This
data is not in the public domain. Third party
copy rights may apply.”).
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