This topic is to collect examples of unclear, ambiguous, and/or contradictory licensing by public bodies.
This topic does not cover data portals that are either silent on licensing or subject to clear but problematic licensing terms — problematic relative to open science that is.
This topic is for material provided under muddled legal terms. In particular, the concept of “non‑commercial” use carries no clear definition under law. In other cases, established licenses not designed or intended to cover data are applied to datasets and data portals. And in other cases, the underlying open license is invalidated by specifying additional legal restrictions — in such circumstances, the original license grant is normally withdrawn in its entirety.
The following table provides an overview:
|Organization||Portal or source||Local|
|European Commission Joint Research Centre||Energy and Industry Geography Lab||post 6|
|IIASA||IAMC 1.5°C Scenario Explorer
NGFS Scenario Explorer
|International Energy Agency||recent IEA reports||post 5|
|World Bank Group||energydata.info portal||post 4|
|UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre||World Database of Protected Areas||post 3|
For background on the legal issues in a European context:
- Hirth, Lion, Ingmar Schlecht, and Jonathan Mühlenpfordt (6 November 2018). Open data for electricity modeling: an assessment of input data for modeling the European electricity system regarding legal and technical usability — White paper. Berlin, Germany: Neon Neue Energieökonomik. A report for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany.