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Nature Publishing Group releases publication data for more than 450,000 articles via CC0

Jane Park, April 5th, 2012

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Yesterday, Nature Publishing Group announced the launch of a new linked data platform, providing access to “20 million Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements, including primary metadata for more than 450,000 articles published by NPG since 1869. The datasets include basic citation information (title, author, publication date, etc) as well as NPG specific ontologies.” All datasets are published using the CC0 public domain dedication, which is not a license, but a legal tool that may be used by anyone wishing to permanently surrender the copyright and database rights (where they exist) they may have in a work, thereby placing it as nearly as possible into the public domain.

This is an excellent move by NPG, especially following an opinion piece they published in 2009 explicitly recommending open sharing and the use of CC0 to put data in the public domain, entitled, “Post-publication sharing of data and tools”:

“Although it is usual practice for major public databases to make data freely available to access and use, any restrictions on use should be strongly resisted and we endorse explicit encouragement of open sharing, for example under the newly available CC0 public domain waiver of Creative Commons.”

Many more organizations and institutions are using CC0 to release their data, which you can peruse at our wiki page for CC0 uses with data and databases. CC licenses are also used for data; read more about this and other issues plus an FAQ on CC and data at http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Data.

2 Responses to “Nature Publishing Group releases publication data for more than 450,000 articles via CC0”

  1. Mehul Kanani says:

    450,000 Articles !! Great News…

  2. Peter Troxler says:

    “20 Mio Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements” … that then link to 20 Mio paid-for articles … this is *NOT* a success for Open Access but another marketing stunt by Nature. What you get is “stunning” access to “basic citation information”: title, author, publication date, … and then a huge paywall.

    Where’s the beef????

    In essence, I would call this ‘CC0 spam’ *)

    Sad to see CC applauds the move.

    *) trade mark registration pending ;)

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