Blog archive for September, 2009

CC0 endorsed in Nature opinion piece

September 9th, 2009 by Kaitlin Thaney

A new opinion piece in Nature on post-publication sharing of tools explicitly recommends open sharing and the use of CC0 to put data in the public domain. The special issue of Nature focuses on data sharing and is now online and accessible free of charge.

The piece “Post-publication sharing of data and tools” comes out of this year’s CASIMIR conference in Rome, and discusses the sharing of biological materials, specifically but not limited to mice and embryonic stem cells.

As you may recall, we initially wrote about this meeting back in June, following the publication of a similar opinion piece calling for better and more efficient sharing practices for physical materials. That article also stemmed from this meeting in Rome.

This opinion piece takes those ideas one step further in the discussion to a formal recommendation for open sharing under the least restrictive terms possible.

“[T]he Rome meeting strongly encouraged sharing behaviours that promote a ‘research commons’. The heart of a research commons is one in which academic research is not impeded by restrictions on use and access to data and materials, in line with the principles of the Creative Commons.”

The piece is chock-full of stellar recommendations that Science Commons supports, from better and more explicit resource sharing policies at journals and funding bodies, to the use of standard MTAs, to making data open and putting it in the public domain using CC0, our public domain waiver.

“Although it is usual practice for major public databases to make data freely available to access and use, any restrictions on use should be strongly resisted and we endorse explicit encouragement of open sharing, for example under the newly available CC0 public domain waiver of Creative Commons.”

We highly encourage a deeper read of the article for more tips on how to share resources more efficiently, as well as giving this article a read for more on pre-publication data sharing.