This month, CC’s Michael Carroll presented on openly licensing data at a workshop for Intergovernmental Organizations jointly hosted by the World Bank and UNESCO, with working sessions at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The World Bank has updated its policies to use the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License for publications and data produced by the Bank. This license permits full reuse of the material so long as the World Bank is given credit as the source of the publication or data. Other organizations have adopted similar open licensing policies for either their publications or data, and many others are contemplating adopting this same approach.
Per Professor Carroll, “There is building momentum among Intergovernmental Organizations to align their publications’ policies with the values of open access and open data. The World Bank has demonstrated leadership in demonstrating to other IGO’s that making their data and publications freely available is aligned with their institutional missions. I was delighted to have the opportunity to provide a legal perspective on the role of open licenses in achieving open access and open data.”