Summary of consultation responses: Licensing of data within GBIF


This document presents a summary of responses to a consultation carried out by GBIF Secretariat between April and June 2014 on proposed changes to the current system of licensing data within the global network. It documents the range of views received on this important issue from GBIF Participant countries and associates, other organizations and individuals.

The report does not prejudge any decision on future licensing arrangements, but offers a transparent analysis of the breadth of opinion expressed in the thoughtful responses received through this open consultation. The analysis will inform a proposal from the Secretariat to the 21st GBIF Governing Board meeting in New Delhi, India in September 2014, including possible alternative options for the way forward.