Tuesday, December 23, 2008

New Creative Commons licensing for ABS data

The ABS has introduced Creative Commons (CC) licensing for the bulk of the content on the ABS website.

This will lessen the restrictions on the use of free data from the website by changing the copyright from "all rights reserved" to "some rights reserved". In effect, what the ABS is asking is only that it be acknowledged as the source of the data.

People are now free to re-use, build upon and distribute ABS data, even commercially. This makes a wealth of data readily available to the community, researchers and business, facilitating innovative research and development projects based on quality statistics.

For more information see the ABS page on Creative Commons licensing.

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