I am the admin of the EELS database which is a open-data repository for material scientists ( https://eelsdb.eu ). Everyone is free to submit their data and I put the database and the data under under the Odbl license and each contributer on upload agree to release their data on this license.
I was then asked what happens if one wants to upload a data already published with a scientific publisher.
Do you have an idea about this?
On some publisher website it is stated that “Authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement, but have the right to: Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including raw research data).” (see https://www.elsevier.com/about/company-information/policies/copyright )
So it seems ok with this publisher but I cannot check for all existing publishers. Do you think that is something general?
All the best,