GBIF Secretariat consults on data licensing

The GBIF Secretariat is seeking views on a proposed new approach to the licensing of biodiversity data published through the network.

The aim is to further GBIF's mission to promote free and open access to biodiversity data, with as few restrictions on use as possible while establishing clear norms agreed by the community on issues such as attribution and citation of data, as well as respecting the publishers' wishes on the question of commercial use.

This request for feedback follows an earlier consultation last year on options for standard licensing arrangements for datasets published through GBIF, which are currently covered by a wide variety different terms and conditions specified by data publishers.

Views are sought from GBIF Participants, nodes, data publishers and data users, with a deadline of 14 June for responses. Details of the consultation and how to respond can be found here.