February 10, 2006
UniProt is now Freely Available to All
The Open Access movement does not just concern free access to journal articles! Many of you will be interested in this news item, forwarded to you from Peter Suber's Open Access News. Search on your favorite organism or protein, and see what comes up! --Katie
UniProt < http://www.pir.uniprot.org/> (Universal Protein Resource), the "the world's most comprehensive catalog of information on proteins", now uses a Creative Commons license http://www.pir.uniprot.org/terms/ and is freely available to all.
Excerpt from John Wilbanks' announcement
ein-db-now-under-cc-license> on the Science Commons blog:
We spent a lot of time talking to the Uniprot folks over the last year. I'd encourage everyone to check out the FAQ <http://sciencecommons.org/data/dbfaq> we wrote on database licensing
and Creative Commons licenses to understand exactly which elements of
the DB are copyrighted and which are not.
But the important thing is, as the terms state, you are now free to copy, distribute, display and make commercial use of these databases, provided you give credit where it's due. That means the data, the layouts, the entry sheets, everything. Congratulations to the Uniprot consortium and to Eric Jain <http://eric.jain.name/2006/02/07/uniprot-creative-commons/>.
Posted by Peter Suber to Open Access News
Posted by Katie Newman at February 10, 2006 3:37 PM