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DKSR Glossary
DKSR Glossary

Data Licenses

 A data license defines the conditions under which a data set or a document containing data can be used. In this, the respective data provider or data owner decides on the terms of use. The focus in the terms of use is on clarifying the possible use of the data by third parties.

Terms of use should primarily address all four fundamental requirements:

  1. Legal certainty (for providers and users),

  2. Transparency (objective clarity, comprehensibility, manageability),

  3. Uniformity (state / federal / European / worldwide),

  4. Openness for further use

It is recommended to only use data that is subject to a license - because only then is it clear which uses are permitted by the rights of use.

The two most widely used licenses in Germany for administrative data and open data are the Datenlizenz Deutschland 2.0 and the Creative Common licenses. We will go into more detail about these later. Of course, there are also other important licenses for which you can find more information on the page below:

Conformant Licenses

The Datenlizenz Deutschland 2.0 is a license developed specifically for the German administration. The focus is on legal certainty while at the same time ensuring the greatest possible reuse of data. Learn more here (german).

The Creative Common license is a license freely available on the Internet, which can be understood as a kind of modular licensing system. Each license consisting of it is made up of a combination of four areas.

Creative Commons Modules
The modules of the Creative Commons licenses CC BY SA 3.0 according to Jöran Muuß-Merholz for wb-web (translation by the author).

Six licenses can be formed from these modules.

Creative Commons Licenses
Overview of Creative Commons licenses (Source: Symbols by Creative Commons Schweiz CC BY 4.0; Table by Burgert/TU München CC BY 4.0)


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