Licensing open research data
Licensing is recommended when opening your data. Licenses allow a researcher personally to define the rights to use their data: what, when and to whom the data will be signed. It is important to acknowledge the funders’ and research organisations’ requirements in addition to laws and research ethics.
- For open research data, the machine-readable standard format license CC BY 4.0 or CC0 is recommended.
- Metadata for describing the research data is recommended to be licensed with the CC0 consent.
- For computer software, the MIT License is recommended.
For more information:
CreativeCommons.org / information about CC licenses
How to License Research Data / Digital Curation Centre