we're going to have a big copyright law fight in science... putting scientific knowledge online, allows legal scraping in the USA. That means, putting data online, puts it out in the open. I am not sure if the scraped data falls under copyright (does it)? 1/
but that latter is not the point: by taking data from a licensed source that does not allow redistribution, and you put it online, you *are* distributing it. Similar thing we see with SPARQL end points. The scraping there is trivial. 2/
it nicely shows that most researches don't git a s***/f*** (depending on region) about copyright law (also why many happily give it for free to publishers). Few journals give a s***/f*** (depending on publisher) either. 3/
on the other hand, #openscience does care. open science has been harassed enough to agree that copyright law is here to stay, whether you like it or not. Ignoring licensing issues is not #openscience. It is saying, we don't give a s***/f*** about collaboration. 4/
fortunately, there is a slowly growing awareness. For example, this is why the CC0 license/waiver is gaining ground. It is like the MIT license for sources code, but then for data. This is why projects like @wikidata and @wikipathways use it. 5/
this is also how @DrugBankDB enables interoperability, by releasing a subset of their data as CC0: go.drugbank.com/releases/lates… 6/
but creating a resource with data that you are not allowed to redistribute is legally a no-go. As an editor, this should have my attention and we see that authors regularly struggle with this. In fact, most universities do not teach legal aspects of doing research 7/
instead, the main Dutch research partners (the government, @NWONieuws, @zonMW, @_knaw, @deVSNU) typically are very silent on this professional skill. Indeed, it is librarians that often have to educate the researchers, such as with #openaccess. 8/
@NWONieuws @ZonMw @_knaw @deVSNU this is particularly shocking if you realize that The Netherlands likes to be a "knowledge economy", but is it really professional to ignore this (nowadays) essential aspect of doing research? 9/
one could argue, is that important to doing research or what we train people for? Good point. I am not sure either. However, at the same time, we do stress presentation skills a lot. As if form is more important than law. 9/
Mind you, law is about collaboration. Law formalizes (where needed) how we as a country as a civilization want to collaborate. Therefore, not giving a s***/f*** about breaking copyright law is not very #openscience. 10/
So, next time someone collects data, publishes a paper, check if they are violating copyright law. I know it is complex. But it is important for being inclusive. #openscience is about sharing knowledge, collaboration, about removing any barriers that make that impossible 11/11

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in a few weeks, I will speak at the @RoySocChem "Open Chemical Science" meeting. The originally planned venue has an awesome library. #OpenChem20 1/
@RoySocChem the #OpenChem20 meeting coincides with #BH2020, so it's going to be an extremely busy and long week. There will be a lot of talking about open science chemistry at #openchem20 and a lot of doing open science chemistry at #bh2020 2/
@RoySocChem The full #OpenChem20 meeting consists of three sections: Open Data, Open Access, and Open Source. See rsc.org/events/detail/… 3/
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jammer dat de @RathenauNL "Balans van de Wetenschap 2020" nog behoorlijk vol staat (iig in eerste 49 bladzijden) met internationale ranking schetjes. Niet nuttig voor hoe we verder moeten :(
@RathenauNL ik vind de hele karakterisatie van NL in het internationale speelveld wat dun ijs... :(
@RathenauNL paragraaf 2.4 is een mooi voorbeeld daarvan... "state of the art" lijkt direct gekoppeld te zijn aan hoe duur het was... ach... je bent als Nederlander rentmeester of niet, zal ik dan maar denken :(
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@pcmasuzzo I think the more important roles of the #openscience "leaders" right now is being vocal about what things are now being sold as "openscience" but are not. (but searching myself too!)
maybe to give some examples: "open access" to COVID19 articles that cannot be redistributed by others --> not #openscience
web scraping content from a website that did not have any license statement --> not #openscience
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