ISWC 2009 Tutorials/Legal and Social Frameworks for Sharing Data on the Web

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Legal and Social Frameworks for Sharing Data on the Web (half day tutorial)

Sunday, 25th October, 14:00- 18:00


The Linked Data movement is gathering momentum and its principles are beginning to be adopted outside of the core Semantic Web community. To date the emphasis has rightly been on communicating key technology principles, but sustainable use of Semantic Web resources, particularly within a commercial context, requires that a broader range of issues are addressed. For example, what legal issues relate to the collection and republication of data from existing resources, and how do these vary internationally? Can incorrectly applied rights statements hamper reuse of data? How should community norms, like attribution, be fostered within a global community of data reusers? Many Semantic Web developers do not have the experience to address these questions, with the result that sustained growth of the Linked Data web may be hindered. This tutorial will address this education need, providing participants with an understanding of the broader range of issues relevant to global data publishing. The tutorial will review existing legal frameworks that support open data publishing, and provide guidance on their reuse. The social aspects of data sharing will also be introduced, using the Science Commons as an exemplar of open, international data sharing through creation of a public data commons.


  • Leigh Dodds, Talis
  • Jordan Hatcher, Open Data Commons
  • Tom Heath, Talis
  • Kaitlin Thaney, Creative Commons

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