Responsible Data Use: Copyright and Data

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This training module is part of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (or ESIP Federation's) Data Management for Scientists Short Course.  The subject of this module is "Copyright and Data".  The module was authored by Matthew Mayernik from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  Besides the ESIP Federation, sponsors of this Data Management for Scientists Short Course are the Data Conservancy and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.

In this module, we will focus on copyright law and associated procedures related to data. We don’t often think about data as having intellectual properties as a book or a movie would, but there are some important intellectual property issues to understand about data, especially involving copyright.

We will first talk about what is and is not copyrightable in the United States with respect to data. Copyright laws can be vary greatly from country to country and jurisdiction to jurisdiction around the world, so we want to emphasize that our discussion in this module will focus upon copyright and data in the United States. 

We will also talk about open copyright license options and how they apply to data, and how copyright can be used or deliberately waived, in order to make data more open and easier to access and use.  We will also discuss how it’s possible to use non legal means for establishing community based norms to address some of these issues.  

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Matthew Mayernik
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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States - CC BY 3.0 US
Access Cost: 
No fee
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Mayernik, M. 2012. “Responsible Data Use: Copyright and Data.” In Data Management for Scientists Short Course, edited by Ruth Duerr and Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich, Federation of Earth Science Information Partners: ESIP Commons. doi: 10.7269/P31V5BWP
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Data citation
Copyright of data
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Published / Broadcast: 
Monday, October 1, 2012
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Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation)
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Contributor Name: 
Ruth E. Duerr
Writing – review & editing
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich
Writing – review & editing
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich
Voiceover video performer
Contact Person(s): 
Matthew Mayernik
Contact Organization(s): 
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
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Lesson - detailed description of an element of instruction in a course, [could be] contained in a unit of one or more lessons, and used by a teacher to guide class instruction. Example: presentation slides on a topic.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Research scientist
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
Up to 1 hour
Framework - A community-based organization plan or set of steps for education or training: 
ESIP Data Management for Scientists Short Course
Framework Node: ESIP Data Management For Scientists Short Course: 
Responsible Data Use