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Open Licenses for data, code and software

Learning Path, Project Milestone

Date/Time: 19th of June 2024, 10am - 12pm CEST, 09am-11am BST

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  • The training materials will be available on Zenodo and on the Skills4EOSC learning platform
  • URL link to resources and virtual room:

Training Description

This 2-hour long unit provides trainers with the core skills and knowledge to teach the nuances of licensing research outputs. After completing the unit, the trainer will be able to reflect on how to tailor the content to their local environment, and have more knowledge about how and when to apply licenses throughout a project, while complying with funders, institutional requirements and the research discipline/aims of the project.

Licensing is a complex topic, hence we present a very thorough slide deck covering many aspects of licensing. As this learning path thus has a wealth of slides, and the instructor should choose which slides best suit a given occasion. We leave this slimming down of the content at the discretion of the instructor, and the context and target group in which they are teaching.

Target audience:

  • Data Stewards
  • Data Professionals

The ´learning path was originally created as the pilot Train the Trainer, for data stewards as part of the Skills4EOSC projekt

Expertise Level / Skill Level: Intermediate

Primary Language: English

Access Cost: N


This unit is the second unit in a learning path about licenses. The learning path consists of three modules in total. There is a progression between modules. To get the full benefit of this unit, unit 2, it is expected that the learner has taken an introduction to research data management and has the following basic understanding of licenses:

  • The learner has a basic knowledge of what Creative Common Licenses are
  • The learner has a basic knowledge of the common terms used in licensing, such as “attribution”, “copyleft” and “non-commercial”
  • The learner has a basic understanding of the difference between a waiver and a license
  • The learner has basic awareness of restrictions to licensing data as well as an awareness that funders, publishers, the research project and disciplines can have different requirements to licensing research output
  • The learner is aware of the need to contact a legal expert (the boundaries of their expertise)


  • 120 mins

Training objectives

After completing this unit you will be able to:

  • Explain the different types of licenses that can be applied to FAIR research outputs in accordance with regulations, policies and other legal requirements
  • Apply (multiple) licenses appropriately during the development and publication of a research output
  • Argue for the choice of one or more appropriate licenses to research output and identify the importance of creating machine-readable rights statements
  • Engage in the research process and influence the research process to accommodate for more available and licensed data


Learning materials, training, data stewardship, licensing research output, FAIRdata, requirements

Agenda: Training Schedule - Training Structure

Date/Time Topic
00:00-00:10 Introduction & Housekeeping
00:10-00:20 Ice-breaking
00:20-00:30 Why you shouldn't license research data
00:30-00:40 Learning Activity
00:40-00:45 Break
00:45-65:00 What to consider before applying licenses to research output
65:00-75:00 Learning Activity
75:00-95:00 How to apply licenses to research output
95:00-105:00 Learning Activity
105:00-115:00 Summing up the workshop and homework

Resources and Materials

  • No tools or software need to be installed or sourced before or during the workshop.
  • If the training is held onsite and the instructor wants to demonstrate some of the tools discussed during the training, an internet connection will be needed
  • Learning Activity Sheet
  • Glossary of common terms


  • Formative, through 3 learning activities. During the ice-breaking activity, the participants are assigned a course partner. After the training fhe participants review their course partner's answers to the learning activities. Within 7 working days of the training event, each participant updates their answers to the learning activities and submits their Learning Activity Sheet to the training administrator.

Certification Information

  • Badge on reception of completed Learning Activity Sheet


  • Diane Antoine, Mathilde Bernier , Mareike Buus, Benjamin Derksen, Christine Hadrossek, Karsten Kryger Hansen, Joanna Janik, Nida van Leersum, Carolin Leister, Fabian Schubö, Saba Sharma, Lorna Wildgaard


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Contact information

  • Training organisers: Lorna Wildgaard ( and Benjamin Derksen (


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Accessibility Mission

Skills4EOSC is dedicated to ensuring that all produced learning materials are accessible to as many visitors as possible regardless of their ability or technology. We have an active commitment to increasing our learning materials accessibility. The main standards that we aim to comply with are WCAG v.2.1 Level AA criteria and PDF/UA (ISO 14289).


These learning materials have been developed by following the FAIR-by-Design Methodology.

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