We are pleased to announce a new research project to understand the drivers of license proliferation within government. Why do governments create custom licenses? Who within government decides that standard licenses are not the best solution to make data and content legally open? How do governments organise the licensing process and how can license recommendations applied across government agencies? You can find our announcement in this blogpost.
We conduct this research out of two motivations -
- To investigate why governments decide to use certain licenses and how they interact with the work of license stewards like the Open Data Commons/Open Definition and Creative Commons,
- To understand how the Open Knowledge network, the Open Definition board, and possibly other licensing stewards could/should respond to the issue of license proliferation (for example, is a more active promotion of the license approval process useful?).
For now we would like to invite you and leave your comments in this thread.
If you know a relevant government contact in one of our sample countries, please do let us know here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Our sample countries are: Taiwan, Australia, Great Britain, France, Finland, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Brazil, Denmark, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Nepal, Singapore).