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Setting a license type

Setting a license type for a dataset is important to explicitly define how others may use the data. Licensing is determined by two factors:

  • The licensing of the source documents in the dataset

  • The wishes of the dataset owner

The general rule of thumb is that the most restricted license for the source material is the least restricted license that can be used for the dataset. However--existing source licensing again being taken into account--the owner of the dataset can choose even more stringent licensing for others who wish to use the dataset. To set the license type:

  • Go to the dataset overview page

  • Click Edit next to About this dataset on the right side of the screen

  • Choose the appropriate license from the Public license dropdown menu and save


When creating a dataset on, use the following articles to help determine the license type you should use: