License Friction: A Tale of Two Datasets

This is an extremely unusual, but really very interesting, post. Open data has only been had meaningful attention for the past ~ 10 years, and most datasets are published in complete isolation from one another. But integrated datasets provide far more value. This is a story where licensing issues have prevented two open datasets from being used together.

Open source software has an accepted license regime that (while currently going through some churn) has been relatively stable for quite some time. Open data hasn't had that same maturation process. There is likely going to be a lot of work still to do on this front.


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