January 26, 2022

Conference Paper: “Assigning Creative Commons Licenses to Research Metadata: Issues and Cases” (Preprint)

The following preprint by a group of ten authors (various affiliations) was recently made available on arXiv.

It has been submitted to the 29th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2016), Nice (France) 14-16 December 2016.


Assigning Creative Commons Licenses to Research Metadata: Issues and Cases


Marta Poblet
RMIT University

Amir Aryani
Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

Paolo Manghi
ISTI, Italian Research Council

Kathryn Unsworth
Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

Jingbo Wang
Australian National University

Brigitte Hausstein
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Sunje Dallmeier-Tiessen

Claus-Peter Klas
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Pompeu Casanovas
IDT, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Deakin University

Victor Rodriguez Doncel
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


via arXiv


This paper discusses the problem of lack of clear licensing and transparency of usage terms and conditions for research metadata. Making research data connected, discoverable and reusable are the key enablers of the new data revolution in research. We discuss how the lack of transparency hinders discovery of research data and make it disconnected from the publication and other trusted research outcomes. In addition, we discuss the application of Creative Commons licenses for research metadata, and provide some examples of the applicability of this approach to internationally known data infrastructures.

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