Case Studies/Polar Information Commons

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The Polar Information Commons is working to release data from the most recent International Polar Year by enabling users the option to badge the data under the CC0 public domain waiver or CC-BY.


The Polar Information Commons (PIC) is an initiative working to create the technical means and social framework for better sharing of polar data, specifically starting with that from the International Polar Year, which came to a close in 2008. The project is funded by the International Council for Science, and has been working with Science Commons (the science division of Creative Commons) on creating terms of use to accompany their public domain data. The team is now moving forward with badging data with appropriate metadata for input into their system to show the benefits of free and open data on global sharing efforts.

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The Polar Information Commons has enabled two options for badging data from the International Polar Year: the data can be badged with the CC-BY license or waived into the public domain using the CC0 public domain waiver.


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