Workshop: open licenses for life science tools and resources


A growing number of web pages are offering advice on how to choose an open license for data or code. The advice they give is partly conflicting. This workshop is intended to get together the authors of such pages and others with expertise or experience in this area to clarify the choices.

Among the issues to be discussed are:

  • making a limitation of liability clause that is effective in European jurisdictions
  • the appropriate apportionment of liability between data user, data provider, and database administrator
  • how the provision of e-infrastructure can change the opportunities and risks of research misconduct
  • server side scripts: the tension between IT security and scientific transparency
  • licenses for web services
  • relationship between choice of license and choice of the business model for sustainability

This workshop will compare experience and insights, and so inform future recommendations on choice of license. The development and publication of software, databases, and web services within the BioMedBridges project will provide use cases to inform the discussion.


  • Teresa Gomez-Diaz, CNRS/LIGM: Free software, Open source software, licenses: a procedure for research software and data dissemination
  • Shoaib Sufi, SSI: Intellectual Property, Copyright, Licensing and Commercialisation
  • Stephanie Suhr, EMBL-EBI: Use cases for licenses from BioMedBridges
  • Irene Schluender, TMF: Limitation of liability clauses
  • Liz Kirby, STFC: Licenses for web services
  • Chris Morris, STFC: Licenses and research misconduct.


The workshop will take place on Wednesay, 20th May 2015, as part of a conference track on Open Science at the EGI conference in Lisbon (18-22 May 2015)

Contact Chris Morris for more details.