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Finding license information

What is a License?

A licence states what can and cannot be done with any data you access. While some publishers choose standardised licence terms, others may include special provisions in the use of their data.

Users will need to accept licensing terms before downloading data, and it is up to user to understand and follow these licensing terms. Note that licences are provided by data publishers, which means that Koordinates is not a party to the licence - the licence agreement, that is to say, is between the publisher and the user.

What is copyright? 

Copyright is a property right that applies to certain categories of original works. In most countries, copyright lasts for the life of the author, plus seventy years. While most countries have exceptions for specific kinds of uses, these exceptions are generally restrictive. For most uses of copyright works, permission has to be granted by the copyright owner.

Creative Commons

The most prevalent open licence is known as Creative Commons. Creative Commons licences are free, internationally recognised, standardised, and have been adopted by governments, universities, businesses and educators all over the world. There are over one billion works licensed under Creative Commons.

There are six Creative Commons licences, ranging from more to less permissive. The less permissive licences restrict commercial and derivative use; the more permissive licence allow commercial reuse, and requires only attribution.

Finding License Information For a Dataset

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Navigate to your chosen data layer

Click the title or thumbnail image of your chosen data layer to be taken to its About page.

This will provide you with a range of information about your chosen data. 

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Scroll to License

Scroll down the About page to License. Under this heading, you will be able to view the license for your chosen data layer.

For Creative Commons licensed data, we provide a short, ‘human-readable’ summary of the licence terms, as well as providing a link to the full legal text.

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Click to read full license

Click the link provided to view the full legal text of the license.

In some cases, additional usage information will be entered into the layer description as well. Take care to read both the layer description and the attached license.

Note that licences are provided by data publishers, which means that Koordinates is not a party to the license. The license agreement, that is to say, is between the publisher and the user.

Finding License Information for Downloaded Data

You can find the complete licence for each data layer or table you have downloaded in the .txt file, included with all downloads. 

Inside your unzipped folder, you will find a range of files. Select the .txt file to view a summary of the dataset, as well as full terms of the license under which the data was made available.

This is the same information that was available on your Koordinates site at the time of the download, and should be considered the authoritative license for that particular download.

Note that licenses are provided by data publishers, which means that Koordinates is not a party to the license - the license agreement, that is to say, is between the publisher and the user.