Illustration of Some Problems with Data Licensing for Reuse

Showing You This Map of Aggregated Bullfrog Occurrences Would Be Illegal, Blog Post by Peter Desmet

This is a nice illustration of some problems with data licensing for reuse. 

Last week, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) launched their new awesome data portal. One of the things I like most is that the record limit on downloads has been lifted, so we now have free and open access to all 415+ occurrence records GBIF aggregates. GBIF also makes an effort to lower the barrier to correctly attribute the data publishers, by providing extensive metadata and a citation suggestion in each data download.

That doesn’t mean however that it is actually easy to legally use the data, something GBIF is aware of. As a test, I downloaded all 13,297 georeferenced American bullfrog records and would like to visualize and share these on a map using CartoDB. Technically, this would only take me a few minutes, but to make sure I’m not violating any restrictions, I need to take a closer look at the fine print.

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