In 1998, Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens repurposed Debian’s Free Software Guidelines into the Open Source Initiative’s Open Source Definition, with the idea of creating an industry-wide standard for the then-new term “Open Source”. There’s now enough data trying to be free that we should create a similar standard for “Open Data”. Some people think that the standard is obvious: public domain. Others believe that a license like CC-By or CC-By-SA are necessary. Others propose that new licenses are necessary, such as the Open Database License.
Let’s create a draft Open Data Definition, to be published alongside the Open Source Definition. If we can’t finish the draft in an hour, we can at least lay out the salient points in a high bandwidth face to face meeting.
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