[tdwg-content] Data Licenses; Was: Re: Occurrence Records, with Individuals and Identifications

Peter DeVries pete.devries at gmail.com
Sun Oct 24 23:59:38 CEST 2010

Hi Bob,

I need to think about this a little more, but these are records that I had
previously exposed on GeoSpecies as cc with attribution., so they were a

Also they include a photograph as supporting evidence, see foaf:depiction.

These were mainly done to create examples that showed an Occurrence,
Individual, Identification and used the ietf proposal for an "Area" geo e.g.


The example creates these in one RDF file, but assertions etc. can be made
about these individual entities as if they were separate things.

I think most data sets will probably need some sort of license that allows
them to be used but with some sort of attribution.

I would be interested in hearing people's opinion on what they would

Also these records were created for purposes of the discussion, there are
some other aspects that I will probably change in the future.

Below is the actual RDF for the #Occurrence element.

<txn:Occurrence rdf:about="
  <dcterms:title>Boloria selene Occurrence Shivering Sands Natural Area
Woods 2005-07-24/2005-07-24</dcterms:title>
  <dcterms:isPartOf rdf:resource="
  <cc:license rdf:resource="http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/"/>
  <cc:attributionURL rdf:resource="http://lod.taxonconcept.org"/>
  <cc:attributionName>Peter J. DeVries</cc:attributionName>
  <cc:morePermissions rdf:resource="http://about.geospecies.org/projects/"/>
  <txn:occurrenceHasSpeciesOccurrenceTag rdf:resource="
  <txn:occurrenceHasSpeciesConcept rdf:resource="
  <txn:occurrenceHasIndividual rdf:resource="
  <txn:hasScientificName>Boloria selene</txn:hasScientificName>
  <txn:continent>North America</txn:continent>
  <txn:country>United States</txn:country>
  <txn:localityText>Town of Sevastopol</txn:localityText>
  <txn:locationName>Shivering Sands Natural Area Woods</txn:locationName>
  <txn:occurrenceHasArea rdf:resource="geo:44.86528100,-87.23147800;u=10"/>
  <txn:georeferenceProtocol rdf:resource="
  <txn:georeferenceVerificationStatus rdf:resource="
  <txn:occurrenceInContinent rdf:resource="http://sws.geonames.org/6255149/
  <txn:occurrenceInStateProvince rdf:resource="
  <txn:occurrenceInCounty rdf:resource="http://sws.geonames.org/5250768/"/>
  <!-- The dates should be refactored into a standard date vocabulary -->
  <txn:samplingProtocol rdf:resource="
  <!-- collector and identified by should be foaf:Person -->
  <txn:collector rdf:resource="
  <txn:identifiedBy rdf:resource="
  <!-- identificationDate should have a standard type for year -->
  <txn:identifiedAs rdf:resource="
  <!-- The literals below should be replaced with URI's -->
  <txn:individualStatus rdf:resource="
  <txn:basisOfRecord rdf:resource="
  <foaf:depiction rdf:resource="
  <foaf:page rdf:resource="


- Pete

On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 12:14 PM, Peter DeVries <pete.devries at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Bob,
> Thanks for this. I will look into fixing this.
> - Pete
> On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 11:35 AM, Bob Morris <morris.bob at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 12:47 AM, Peter DeVries <pete.devries at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > I have redone my occurrence records to match the single example I had
>> posted
>> > before. (Go to the last example, if you just want something pretty)
>> > Here is the
>> > RDF:
>> http://ocs.taxonconcept.org/ocs/f522444a-2dd9-400e-be59-47213ef38cb9.rdf
>> >[...]
>> > - Pete
>> Without regard to the structure of your RDF but rather to your license
>> attribute on txn:Occurrence, you might care that
>>    (a) the CC Public Domain Mark license is intended to apply to work
>> that was once copyrighted but now isn't.
>>    (b)For lots of reasons, CC now recommends against the use of CC
>> licenses for data ( [1], [2] ).
>>    (c)Without regard to whether data is copyrightable, CC licenses
>> only apply to copyrightable material; in all countries subscribing to
>> the  Copyright Convention, only creative works are copyrightable;  I'm
>> pretty sure you don't intend that an Occurrence is a creative work (or
>> even that its expression is--at least an expression in a standard
>> form).
>> [1]
>> http://sciencecommons.org/projects/publishing/open-access-data-protocol/
>> [2] http://sciencecommons.org/resources/faq/database-protocol/
>> Bob Morris
>> --
>> Robert A. Morris
>> Emeritus Professor  of Computer Science
>> UMASS-Boston
>> 100 Morrissey Blvd
>> Boston, MA 02125-3390
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>> email: morris.bob at gmail.com
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> Pete DeVries
> Department of Entomology
> University of Wisconsin - Madison
> 445 Russell Laboratories
> 1630 Linden Drive
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Pete DeVries
Department of Entomology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
445 Russell Laboratories
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
TaxonConcept Knowledge Base <http://www.taxonconcept.org/> / GeoSpecies
Knowledge Base <http://lod.geospecies.org/>
About the GeoSpecies Knowledge Base <http://about.geospecies.org/>
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