I’m asking this question here as I wasn’t sure whether there was a better forum. Apologies if the question should be directed elsewhere.
At the time that the Open Data Commons licences were defined there were few (or perhaps no) options for publishing open data under a licence that addressed database rights. ODbL and other licences therefore filled a specific niche in the community.
However since their release the CC 4.0 licences have been extended to include database rights, making them suitable for publishing open data. This means that publishers can use consistent, and often the same, licences to publish both open data and other openly licensed content. The open data institute here in the UK recommends use of the CC licences for exactly this reason.
With this in mind I’m wondering about the current state and the future of the open data commons licences. Should they be deprecated or retired?
Licence proliferation doesn’t help the community. While this isn’t strictly proliferation (the licences already exist), they present another option for people to consider and navigate. There may be reasons to encourage use of other licences, e.g. steering potential new publishers towards the CC licence suite rather than the open data commons licences.
I think it would be useful to get an update and a public statement from OKF about the state of the licences. For example, are they actively maintained? Are there any potential impacts on the licences from forthcoming changes and legislation in the EU?
In short I’m wondering about the current role of these licences in the open data ecosystem, and whether they have served their purpose?
For example why would someone now choose these licences over their CC alternatives?