As of October 2015, TERN has adopted the Creative Commons 4.0 International suite of the licences to licence all materials including material subject to copyright. TERN strongly recommend the use of least restricitive licence possible, which provide attribution to the data creators. Hence, TERN uses the Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) as a default data licence. Following is the schematic representation of the application of the TERN data licencing policy
The TERN Data Provider's Deed is a formal agreement between TERN, its Facilities, and anyone providing data to a TERN Data Portal. The Agreement ensures that both the data provider and subsequent users have a clear understanding of the basis upon which data has been provided, and upon which TERN and its Facilities can hold, use and disseminate data.
TERN's suite of data licences cover all licensed materials including material subject to copyright. The TERN suite of licences are based on the Creative Commons Australia v3.0 licences, but have been modified to protect those items of research data which may not be subject to copyright.
Attribution applies to every TERN licence. Whenever a work is copied or redistributed under a TERN licence, the original creator and any other nominated parties must be credited and the source linked to.
The TERN Attribution Licence (TERN BY) lets others distribute, remix, and build upon a work, even commercially, provided that they credit the original source and any other nominated parties. This is the most accommodating of the licences in terms of what others can do with their work.
This data licence lets others distribute, remix and build upon the work, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the original creator/s (and any other nominated parties) and licence any new creations based on the work under the same terms. All new derivative works will carry the same licence, so will also allow commercial use.
Simply put - you agree to share your materials with others, if they will share their new works in return. This licence is often compared to the free software licences, known as 'copyleft'.
This data licence allows others to distribute the work, even for commercial purposes, as long as the work is unchanged and the original creator/s and any other nominated parties are credited. Other can distribute and perform only verbatim copies of the work, they may not adapt or change the work in any way.
This data licence lets others distribute, remix and build upon the work, but only if: (1) it is for non-commercial purposes, (2) they credit the original creator/s and any other nominated parties, and (3) they licence their derivative works under the same terms.
For more information on any licencing issues, please contact our TERN Data Integration and Synthesis Coordinator.