A license defines what others may or may not do with your data. You may choose to assign a broad license that allows anyone to do whatever they like with your data, or you may assign a narrower license that restricts use to strictly non-commercial activities and requires attribution to the data creator each time it is used.

The two primary sources for data licenses are Creative Commons (CC) and Open Data Commons. Open Data Commons (ODC) offers three license options that were created specifically for data/databases.

Our preferred license in UBC Dataverse Collection is CC- Zero, however, we invite our researchers to choose from a variety of Creative Commons licenses from a drop-down menu as they deposit their datasets.


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