To be considered linked open data, data must be "available on the web […] with an open licence" (Berners-Lee, T., 2009). Similarly, the FAIR (Free, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles for scientific data management require that data be "released with a clear and accessible data usage license" (Fair principles, 2019). However, the choice of license is left up to each project. As LINCS seeks to support researchers and the public in producing, converting, and enhancing linked data, choosing a license for its data is an important step in enabling its users to achieve their goals. Therefore, given the wide variety of available open licenses, we must examine the choice through a variety of lenses, including:
Openness: open for whom, and for what purposes?
Compatibility: what kinds of content? with what other licenses?
Implementation: how do we apply the license? what steps are required of data users?
Berners-Lee, T. (2009, June 18). Linked data—Design issues. Retrieved from https://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html
Fair principles. (2019, April 3). Retrieved from GO FAIR website: https://www.go-fair.org/fair-principles/