Right now, there’s only one checkbox for licenses when you sign up on the website:
I think it’s the same for the iPhone and Android apps? (my devices are old and I don’t have the most recent versions of the app to check this)
It makes CC-NC the default license for both media and observations. But many users will uncheck it because they are not willing to license their photos like that even though they would not mind licensing the observation data. And if they do not change it in their preferences later, the observations will not be licensed for use in databases like GBIF.
Right now, only 63.7% of the observations (the occurrence data) have a license compatible with GBIF (CC0, CC-BY or CC-BY-NC). Which is probably largely due to the single checkbox. Here’s the current breakdown of license usage as reported by the JSON API:
|License||Number of observations|
|CC0||1 203 631|
|CC-BY||2 852 197|
|CC-BY-NC||32 147 702|
|CC-BY-NC-ND||1 022 094|
|none||18 171 954|
|the above summed||56 856 454|
|total obs. reported by API||56 873 785|
(“the above summed” differs from “total obs. reported by API” probably because I’ve missed some minor value for “license” and/or because numbers have changed while I was obtaining them.)
So I have two propositions (feature request) in order to increase the observations exported to GBIF and thus increase their visibility to scientists:
- Create two separate checkboxes for photo and observation licensing upon signup
- (to reduce the number of checkboxes) Make the default license for observations (occurrence data) CC-BY and provide only a checkbox for media licensing. And inform the user about the occurrence data licensing either upon signup or in the Terms of Service?
Vote if you agree with such a change and comment which of the two propositions above, you think is most suitable.