A single OpenData license for all EU is a great action to improve our Open Data sector
Having a single Open Data license for all European Union is a great action to improve our Open Data sector.
According to the Fundación CTIC (the Spanish Office of the W3C) today there are more than 50 Open Data Portals in the European Union (I suggest you to see this Open Data Portals map: http://datos.fundacionctic.org/sandbox/catalog/faceted/).
Many of them are very simple, but some are among the best Open Data portals in the world: http://data.gov.uk is a good example.
So, there is a lot of open data available (even though our governments must to open more data).
There is a lot of data available, but building Open Data services is a pain.
Especially those services that use data from different Open Data portals.
There are 50 portals and this means that there are (almost) 50 different licences :(
So, this situation produces a big legal uncertainty.
It’s very difficult to build a service that feeds from several portals, especially when these portals are from different countries.
[It’s important to say that I use the word “licence”, I’m referring not only to a licence but also reuse rules, legal notices and "things" like these.]
The only future for Open Data lies in having services that reuse data from different sites.
Therefore, we need to harmonize the licences.
We need a single licence for all Europe.
This is the #1OdataLicenseEU initiative.
This initiative wants to publicise this need, to make Open Data community aware of the importance of having a single licence for Europe.
What do you think about it?
Are there other actions to do in order to improve our Open Data sector?
I suggest you to read my speach (and presentation) about this initiative in last LAPSI conference (this March at Budapest): http://homemadebroth.blogspot.com.es/2012/03/presentation-of-1odatalicen...