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Confidentiality & intellectual property


Intellectual Property

Sharing data that you have produced or collected yourself:

  • Data is not copyrightable. Particular expressions of data, such as a table in a book, can be copyrightable. Software, code, metadata, and other contextual information are copyrightable.
  • Promote sharing and unlimited use of your data by making it available under an Open Data Commons or Creative Commons license. For software, consider one of the open licenses in the Software Package Data Exchange list of licenses.
  • If you are uncertain as to your rights to disseminate data, contact us for a consultation.

Sharing data that you have collected from other sources:

  • Licensed data can have restrictions in the way it can be used or shared downstream.
  • Many databases licensed by the MIT LIbraries allow for educational and research use, and sharing limited portions of data.  For questions on terms of use for databases licensed by the MIT Libraries, Ask Scholarly Communications.