Openness for Life Science Databases
Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, Berkman Fellow
The Science Commons Open Access Data Protocol proposes requirements for interoperability of scientific data. Legal simplicity and predictability can be achieved by waiving copyright and other contractual restrictions, allowing data integrators to reuse, modify and redistribute large datasets. But legal accessibility issues are not the only hurdle to data integration. Technical Open Access allows scientists to download data easily and use them in any way, including ways that initial curators had not considered.
- Melanie's Paper: Check Your Data Freedom: A Taxonomy to Assess Life Science Database Openness (Nature Precedings 2008)
- Research data available on the user interface developed by Shirley Fung: Molecular Biology Databases: Is the data really open?
Melanie Dulong de Rosnay is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet
& Society at Harvard Law School, where she leads research in
copyright law and information science. She is designing a distance
learning course on copyright for librarians in partnership with eIFL. She is also working on open access science and open data policy with Science Commons, and coordinating publications for Communia, the European thematic network on the digital public domain.
Prior to joining the Berkman Center, she participated to research projects on legal metadata and ontologies, rights expression languages, e-science and open access, Internet governance, and technical standardization (MPEG-21). She is Creative Commons France legal lead at CERSA (Administrative Science Studies Research Center) since 2003 and co-edited the collective book International Commons at the Digital Age gathering articles from Creative Commons International leads. Some of her scientific publications in French and in English are available here.
She holds a doctorate in law from University Paris 2, with a dissertation on « Legal and technological regulation of networked information and creative works ». She also holds degrees in political science and law from Universities of Lyon (France), Leipzig (Germany) and Tilburg (the Netherlands) and has taught copyright law at University of Technology of Compiègne, France. She worked at IRCAM, the Institute for Music/Acoustic Research and Coordination at Centre Pompidou in Paris, in a multimedia start-up, in a cultural community center and co-founded an indie music label.