[Taxacom] Completion of 'The Plant List'

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Thu Dec 30 06:45:44 CST 2010

From: "Roderic Page" <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 8:26 PM

> Nice data set, shame about the license. By using a Creative Commons CC
> BY-NC-ND license, Kew and MOBOT have effectively killed the
> possibility of anybody building upon this data (see my blog post 
> http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2010/12/plant-list-nice-data-shame-it-not-open.html

I do not see why this should not be a perfectly respectable choice.
Of course, it always is nice if everything you want is offered free to you,
whenever you want it, but it is shortsighted to expect this to happen,
or to ignore the risks.

Every license has its disadvantages; Wikipedia has a very free license,
and look how badly that holds that project back ...


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