How the data can be used
The data are made available under the Open Data Commons (ODC) Public Domain Dedication and Licence and the ODC Attribution Sharealike Community Norms. The licence was selected to maximise possible uses for the data. Please read the terms of the PDDL and the Attribution Sharealike Community Norms before using the data. The PDDL effectively dedicate IPR to the public domain meaning that you can use the data as you please but the community norms request that you respect the goodwill of those making the data available by:
- acknowledging the source of the data;
- telling us what you've done with the data (preferably by emailing our Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org);
- sharing whatever you create (your output) using these data on the same basis (i.e. subject to PDDL with these norms);
- making your output available using only open formats;
- not securing these data or your output with technical protection measures.
Examples of how the data have been used
As the data are made available under an open licence they can be used in any way either on their own or in combination with other data sets. The examples described below include some interesting applications and visualisations as well as guidance on how to manipulate large files which were all based on use of these data by third parties.
Manipulating the large(ish) files
- Tony Hirst Playing With Large (ish) CSV Files, and Using Them as a Database from the Command Line: EDINA OpenURL Logs describes how to process the data set without opening the files or using a database using UNIX command line text processing tools
- Mark van Harmelen Playing with OpenURL Router Data which describes how to process the data files without opening them and without a database using Ruby
Creating visualisations of the data
- Tony Hirst Visualising OpenURL Referrals Using Gource has a great 50 second video showing the change of referring services by institution over time and furthermore describes how to generate the video from the data.
- Tony Hirst Another Blooming Look at Gource and the EDINA OpenURL Data expands on the previous visualisation using colour to highlight Mendeley referrals and gives the python and gource code to do this.