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Citation requirement is not mandatory #300

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davidread opened this Issue Jan 22, 2014 · 12 comments

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davidread commented Jan 22, 2014

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?

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JoshData commented Jul 6, 2014

+1

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hkdctol commented Sep 24, 2014

Agree and we will update the language on that page.

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rebeccawilliams commented Sep 24, 2014

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.

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rebeccawilliams commented Sep 24, 2014

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:

"Attribution

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)"

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hkdctol commented Sep 24, 2014

@rebeccawilliams @JeanneHolm Let's try language similar to openFDA's and keep track of any developments on citation on Project Open Data.

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rebeccawilliams commented Sep 24, 2014

Sounds good to me.

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rebeccawilliams commented Sep 25, 2014

Updated! And see below:

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Thanks for this feedback!

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seanherron commented Sep 26, 2014

👍 Suggesting you be meta and cite openFDA's attribution clause in your attribution :)

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JoshData commented Sep 26, 2014

That's a +1 I can get behind!

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rebeccawilliams commented Sep 29, 2014

@seanherron I am glad it is immortalized here. 😄 But I fear the meta citation might confuse users. I'm inclined to keep this closed unless there's an example where this has been done before in a straightforward way to discuss.

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nsinai commented Sep 29, 2014

Agree that the meta citation might confuse users -- but let the record show here (on an open github issue thread) the inspiration was openFDA!

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seanherron commented Sep 29, 2014

I was joking - agree that it would be confusing. Glad to see cross pollination between projects!

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