Choosing an Open Data License - ODC BY vs. CC BY

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#1

I have a data licensing question concerning the two most popular data licenses:
CC BY and ODC BY.

The main differences are written here:

What is the difference between the Open Data Commons licenses and the CC 4.0 licenses?
The Open Database License (ODbL) and the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY) are licenses designed specifically for use on databases and not on other types of material. There are many differences between those licenses and CC licenses, but the most important to be aware of relate to license scope and operation. The ODC licenses apply only to sui generis database rights and any copyright in the database structure, they do not apply to the individual contents of the database. The latest version of the CC licenses on the other hand apply to sui generis database rights and all copyright and neighboring rights in the database structure as well as the contents. (See above for more detail about how past versions of CC licenses vary with respect to sui generis database rights.)
Another important difference is that ODC licenses may create contractual obligations even in jurisdictions where database rights would not otherwise exist and but for the license permission would not be necessary. CC has crafted its licenses to ensure that they never impose obligations where permission is not otherwise required to use the licensed material.

Source: https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Data#What_is_the_difference_between_the_Open_Data_Commons_licenses_and_the_CC_4.0_licenses.3F

Thanks to everyone for their feedback on the licenses and their help with the project. We can now announce a new license to the Open Data Commons family, the ODC Attribution License (ODC-BY) license. This is a database specific license requiring attribution for databases. This makes ODC-BY similar to the Creative Commons Attribution license, but is built specifically for databases. As a legal tool that only requires attribution, it complies with the Open Knowledge Definition, the Open Knowledge Foundation‘s standard around defining the rights behind what something means to be “open”.

Source: https://opendatacommons.org/category/odc-by/

So I am looking for Pros and Cons for these two (open data)!

CC BY
The latest version of the CC licenses on the other hand apply to sui generis database rights and all copyright and neighboring rights in the database structure as well as the contents
Pro:

  • Well known name and wide use
  • Large community with regular license updates
  • Possibility to adapt to new legislation* …

Con:

  • Not specific for open data

ODC BY
The ODC licenses apply only to sui generis database rights and any copyright in the database structure, they do not apply to the individual contents of the database.
Pro:

  • Designed specifically for use on databases
  • OKF are data experts

Con:

  • Not well known yet

Vagaries of data licensing understand-a-thon and write-a-thon
#2

Maybe you can also ask the editors of this journal: https://www.nature.com/sdata/ They request CC-BY


#3

Aliprandi (2012) is a little dated regarding new licenses and current licensing terms, but nonetheless provides useful background to many of the issues involved. HTH, Robbie