Licences 2018-03-08T10:05:12+00:00



The deposit licence is a document through which a researcher/research group/academic staff performs NON-EXCLUSIVE assignment of the exploitation rights to deposit the data and materials in the e-cienciaDatos repository. Likewise, the party concerned states agreement with the terms and conditions indicated in the licence, with the possibility of performing the deposit through delegation.

This licence allows the e-cienciaDatos repository to:

(a) Use the metadata necessary to describe the datasets.

(b) Disseminate the dataset with open access under the usage licence conditions in such a way that the material may be distributed, copied and displayed.

(c) Store, copy and modify or adapt the datasets without changing the contents thereof, in order to preserve the datasets so that they remain available into the future.

(d) Release the repository from all liability as to the contents of the datasets, which remain the exclusive responsibility of the author, and to protect from any improper use of the data by users in violation of the current laws in force.

(e) Remove the dataset, after notifying the author, in any justified cases, or in the event of a third-party claim.

(f) Change the format or software, if this becomes necessary for the purposes of preserving the data.

In this licence, the author declares that:

  • The data are original, and the author is the owner of the associated intellectual property rights, as well as being the party responsible for the content therein.
  • In cases of co-authorship, that the author has authorisation from the remaining owners to perform this assignment, mentioning the names of all the co-authors.
  • He or she is free to communicate and publicise the work, whether in this version or other later versions, using those means which that author deems appropriate.
  • He or she may request the removal of the dataset from the repository based on just cause.

The author ensures that:

  • The data which are placed on deposit do not violate any rights whatsoever or infringe upon the rights to honour, privacy or image of third parties, and that they do not violate any intellectual or industrial property rights.
  • The data being placed on deposit do not contain any high-risk confidential information or any false, defamatory or misleading data. Nor do they contain any protected forms of personal information.
  • The author shall take responsibility for any claims made by third parties against the repository in terms of the form, contents and transfers of the datasets.


The usage licence is a legal instrument whereby the party possessing the intellectual property rights allows third parties to make certain uses of the data without violating said rights. They are a simple, standard way of granting legal permission.

These licences establish the conditions of use, distribution and reuse of the datasets.

e-cienciaDatos, in accordance with the guidelines of Open Knowledge International, recommends using public domain licences, such as:

  • Creative Commons Zero (CC0 1.0): This licence means releasing the intellectual property rights by offering the data in the public domain. Use of the data is permitted with no restrictions whatsoever. Under this licence, the data may be copied, modified, distributed and made public without seeking permission, even for commercial purposes.
  • Open Data Commons, Public Domain Dedication and Licence (PDDL): Similar to CC0, but it is specifically intended for databases and their contents (data), as a whole or on an individual basis. It means placing the data/databases in the public domain. It allows for sharing, copying, distributing and using the database and/or the data with no restrictions whatsoever; creating other works on the basis thereof, and changing or transforming them.

Other licences may also be chosen, such as:

  • Attribution (CC BY 4.0): Allows users to make full use of the datasets, including permission to modify the data, with no commitment to share the resulting data, even for commercial purposes. This is the licence which allows for greatest reuse, provided that authorship is attributed. It is recommended to achieve the greatest possible dissemination and use of data subject to the licence.
  • Attribution-Share Alike (CC BY-SA 4.0): Allows for the distribution of adaptations or the creation of new works based on the data, provided that they are shared under a similar licence. By doing this, the attempt is made to ensure that any derivative works are shared, as well.
  • Attribution License (ODC-By): Attribution for data/databases. This licence makes it possible to share (copy, distribute and use the database), create (produce works on the basis of the database) and adapt (modify, transform and build upon the material in the database).
  • Open Data License (ODC-OdbL): Attribution, share-alike for data/databases. This licence allows for all of the above and, in addition to the attribution, any adaptation of the databases, or derivative works.
  • Specific licences may also be used for software, approved by the Open Source Iniciative (OSI): GNU General Public License Versions, MIT license, BSC License, as well as others.

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