[SciPy-dev] Machine learning datasets (was Presentation of pymachine, a python package for machine learning)
Sun Jun 3 21:46:36 CDT 2007
Peter Skomoroch wrote:
> The licensing of datasets is an interesting issue, it sounds like they
> will need to be tackled one by one unless explicitly released to the
> public domain.
> Check out the wikipedia entry on "Open Data":
> "Creators of data often do not consider the need to state the
> conditions of ownership, licensing and re-use. For example, many
> scientists do not regard the published data arising from their work to
> be theirs to control and the act of publication in a journal is an
> implicit release of the data into the commons. However the lack of a
> license makes it difficult to determine the status of a data set
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_set> and may restrict the use of
> data offered in an Open spirit. Because of this uncertainty it is also
> possible for public or private organisations to aggregate such data,
> protect it with copyright and then resell it."
> I remember a while back Leslie Kaelbling bought the enron dataset
> http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~enron/ <http://www.cs.cmu.edu/%7Eenron/> for
> use in machine learning.
> Maybe we can start a scipy wikipage with a list/table of datasets
> along with license status...and check off the ones which we find are
> not compatible so we can find replacements or get permission. Also,
> we might want to add a column for which modules use the data in scipy
> tests etc.,
> Should I go ahead and create the page?
I started something here: http://www.scipy.org/DataSets. I tried to put
all websites talked about in this thread there, with license information
if available, plus the comment of R. Kern on licensing (at least in the US).
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