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Citation requirement is not mandatory #300
http://www.data.gov/data-policy states that federal data is licensed without restriction, yet later it says "users must clearly state that “Data.gov and the Federal Government cannot vouch for the data". That "must" is a restriction, so seems inconsistent with the license. Can this be clarified?
I agree as well that this language is confusing and should be removed.
Also, while licensing and provenance are open issues on Project Open Data, to my knowledge there has not been a discussion about a citation metadata field, or best practice citation format for agencies to include as a recommendation in their metadata.
Though M-13-13 includes this mention of citation: "This public data listing should also include, to the extent permitted by law and existing terms and conditions, datasets that were produced through agency-funded grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements (excluding any data submitted primarily for the purpose of contract monitoring and administration), and, where feasible, be accompanied by standard citation information, preferably in the form of a persistent identifier."
Absent further Project Open Data guidance, I suggest that Data.gov does not presume the citation policy here, and removes the entire "Citing Data" section until the Project Open Data guidance provides specifics on this topic.
Additionally, if Data.gov attribution specifically is helpful, I'd suggest we add language similar to openFDA's ToS in lieu of the current "Citing Data" section:
While not required, when using content, data, documentation, code, and related materials from openFDA in your own work, we ask that proper credit be given. An example citation is provided below:
Data provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (https://open.fda.gov)"