EMBL puts data in the public domain via CC0

May 7th, 2009 by Kaitlin Thaney

EMBL – the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, has made part of their SIDER Side Effect Resource available to the public free of restriction via CC0, placing it in the public domain.

The database, SIDER, contains information on marketed medicines and their recorded adverse side effects and drug reactions. Included in this dataset is information on the frequency of these drug reactions, other drug and side effect classifications as well as links to other relevant resources. To date, 888 drugs are listed in the database, a tremendous resource for research and drug discovery.

The mapping of labels and euphoria-related side effects are now public domain, with some other side effect information available for download under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Have you made your information available using CC0? We’d love to hear about it. Drop us a note.

For more information about our data policy and reasoning, see our Database Protocol or “Freedom to Research” available for download over at our Reading Room.

One Response

  1. Matthias Samwald, on May 8th, 2009 at 3:20 am

    As part of a project for the W3C Health Care and Life Science Interest Group, I converted the SIDER data into Semantic Web formats. An excerpt of the results can be seen here:

    Both the CC copyright information, as well as the data itself, is embedded in this web page through Semantic Web standards (RDFa). This makes it easier to automatically discover the dataset and integrate it with other open datasets.
    This is possible thanks to the Creative Commons RDFa produced by the license generator.

    Matthias Samwald

    DERI Galway, Ireland
    Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Austria