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The “right to mine” and scraping the web in EU

Sorry for the somewhat general question, to which the answers necessary depend on the country of operation and necessarily are also subject to become obsolete at some point. But I think it to be quite ...
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Does any City have POIA (Public Online Information act) laws in place?

A few years ago, Sunlight Foundation advocated for the Public Online Information Act (POIA). Do you know of any city that has adopted such a law or statue? In the age of the Internet, government is ...
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Legality of using data against terms

Perhaps a bit off-topic, but this is the only relevant SE forum. I sometimes come across RSS feeds with terms and conditions attached, such as one example permitting use for app-development (that ...
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Cases where open data has been removed?

I'm looking for cases where data (including software) that once was open is not anymore, or was not for periods of several months or more. I can imagine several scenarios for this, including ...
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Guidelines on surveying email addresses in the public domain?

I've built a script to extract emails from scientific publication data that is in the public domain (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed) with the aim of sending email surveys to these people. Are ...
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What open data about tunes and melodies exist? Do copyrights apply here?

If someone wants to write a program to recognise songs by melody (mobile apps like that exist), one would need some huge data sample for this. I'm wondering whether something like this exists (at ...
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Is it legal to make an open face recognition database of public people like celebrities?

This question came to my mind after sorting out some pictures and also having my picasa program at the same time open. So is it legal to make a face recognition database of public pictures from ...
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What are the legal uses of the data from livingwage.mit.edu?

What are the legal uses of this data? For example, could I design a non-for-profit service using this data, a for-profit application that I sell subscriptions to, or a spreadsheet that I use myself ...
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Gov data may be used only for statistical purposes?

Sometimes when I try to download a data zip file I see a popup that states like this: "Under law, public use data collected and distributed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) ...
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Web crawling to create a business

If I were to web crawl supermarkets' websites and retrieve info and create a comparison tool for sale would that be illegal?
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Do some Kaggle contest organizers remove the data sets after the end of the contest?

I wonder whether Kaggle contest organizers sometimes remove the data sets after the end of the contest, or is that made impossible by Kaggle's policies?
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Congressional Record in electronic form

Is there a way to get an electronic copy of the Congressional Record, or otherwise get information about all the speakers in Congress, what they said, when they said, the votes on all motions bills, ...
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How should I adapt a Schema.org microdata format for legislation?

Has anyone adapted a microdata format from schema.org for pieces of legislation?
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What gives people the right to license factual data?

Data sets, databases, or APIs we can find these days are either licensed openly or commercially. I'm a bit confused as to how the publishers / owners / compilers are rightfully licensing these factual ...
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Getting legal information

Is there a way to find out how many cases have been filed under a particular act or law? Bonus if it is possible to filter by location, parties, etc. I am primarily interested in this for the US (or ...
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Is metadata about data from my clients my data or the clients?

I hope this is the right place to ask. I thought that a forum about open data would probably attract people who know about how open data is (or NOT is) :) we are a company that (among other things) ...
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Does this violate copyright of music/lyrics/sound?

So, we are beginning to create a Karaoke app. And we have few queries in the copyrights aspect. We would like to have these cleared before we get any further with our app's development. The decided ...
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Ownership of US county property tax/assessment data?

I'm in the process of building a not-for-profit site that will aggregate current and historical property tax data for all counties in the United States and serve it via a REST API. A problem I've ...
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Do you know a technique for text mining judicial decisions?

I'm trying to find a method to mine sepecific informations in judicial decisions (judge's name, court, area of law and neutral citation number[canadian way to cite decisions uniformly across the ...
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Crime rate data for American cities

I'm writing a paper and I'm interested in monthly crime rates in American cities. The FBI database contains only yearly crime rates and it stops at 2012 (http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/), and each ...
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How should I categorize municipal legislation?

I'm working on a site to help Chicagoans understand what their city council is doing. As part of that effort, I would like to roll up the many different types of legislation into a handful of ...
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Public access laws used for real-time data?

In a question about real-time gunshot data from Will Koper, he mentioned using public records laws to access it. ... which makes me wonder if anyone's even aware of FOIA or various state public ...
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Accessing CATO Deep Bills with Ruby

Has anyone written any Ruby libraries for working with Cato's Deep Bills Project?
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Information about congresspeople

Is there a database that contains the following about when congresspeople? When they were elected, state/district, age, gender, race, professional background, and would really like to have committee ...
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Open data for international treaties

Are there data sources listing international treaties held between countries of the world? From treaties between 2 countries, up to treaties among dozens of countries. The status of the treaty, ...
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Collecting data on private rooftop characteristics?

Is it legal to save data about private rooftop terraces in a Open Data set? I mean: location, characteristics, etc.
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What is the coverage of Google case law for New York state?

I can't seem to find how any information about what kind of coverage Google offers for case law, what the selection for cases is, etc. Does anyone have any idea? I literally don't see any comments at ...
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How to demonstrate that a document cited by law must be also open access?

The "Principle of Access to Information" (PAI) expressed in the legislation of many countries — usually countries with some "Access to Information Act" or freedom of information laws —, ...
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Creating audio fingerprint database

My company has created unique audio fingerprinting system that we use to detect music and advertisements on radio and TV (among other uses). So far, we are used to dodging all requests for database ...
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Is it legal to crawl research papers from ACM/IEEE?

I am working on a project that need me to grab lot of research papers abstracts, titles, authors and display it on a web site of my own. I chose to get list of research papers from DBLP and then ...
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Can I take “open data” from a website like Quandl, modify it, and then resell it to clients?

I am just wondering if open data have any limitations I may be missing. Can I for example get data through the Quandl API, do some calculations using the data, and resell the data? Is this legal? ...
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Where can I find a dataset containing legal documents?

I have a machine learning task I wish to pursue. For the task I will need several hundred sample legal documents of the following types: Employment contract, service contract, sale contract, rental ...
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Employer's website is “web scraping” from another site, can I be liable even though I did not write that code?

So recently I came about an article about web scraping, and it said how most of the time scraping is illegal. I did not know this in past, and did not know the website I was working on was using a ...
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Cross-cutting U.S. Government data retention policies and rules?

I'm interested in learning more about USG data retention. I realize this is a complex question. I think it would be too lengthy and complex to examine this for each agency, but I would like to get a ...
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Petition for writs of certiorari to SCOTUS

I'm looking for the petitions used to ask the supreme court to hear a case -- they are called petitions for writ of certiorari -- there should be about 7000 new ones generated each SCOTUS season, ...
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Where can I find actual agricultural contracts?

I'm looking for real agricultural contracts, that is actual contracts between farmers and processors (preferably in North America). Any ideas? Generally I am thinking of contracts between farmers and ...
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Is Open Government data ever restricted to use within the country of origin?

As the effort to collect, QC, organize and publish an open government dataset is usually funded by taxpayers, I have always imagined a government would prefer to only offer such data to its citizens ...
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Looking for datasets of complaints/requests filed at municipalities or cities

I'm looking to do some text analysis on complaints or requests filed at cities or municipalities. The data must have: type of complaint (e.g. "Noise complaint") complaint text (e.g.: "The people in ...
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Age of consent per country database

I am looking for a DB of the age of consent per state/country. I found this list for the states in the USA. Is there an official database I can use for the USA? Are there any databases for other ...
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Is there an API to get the legality of alcohol (or legal drinking age) by geo location?

I need to make sure alcohol isn't advertised to underage users or in countries / regions where alcohol is illegal. Ideally using MaxMind geo codes but I'm sure I could map from any geo system.
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Issues with collecting a data set via crowd-sourcing

Consider a tight-knit community that might be willing to contribute to a communal data set via a website, Facebook group, etc. As a concrete example, let's say that the data set is a list of landmarks....
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Why and how are certain websites able to state in their terms of service that you can't crawl their data?

As an example, yelp and craigslist both have clauses in their terms of service that attempt to scare you away from trying to crawl/scrape their pages. Would they be able to legally prevent you from ...
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Dataset of judicial decisions in France

I am looking for datasets containing judicial decisions in France.
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Can I publish analysis of semi open data

If data is open for personal non commercial use, can I analyse that data and blog about it? I'm part of a community that uses Zend as its paltform. The API is open so I can read all the community ...
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Contact information (including email) for all US state legislators

Where can I find a single list containing the contact information (including email address) of state legislators for all 50 US states, ideally broken down by state and chamber (most states have a ...
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Types of license for OpenData

In order to release the data as open it should come with a license. In the open world, there are differente licenses for different purposes (GPL, MIT, BSD licenses for Software - OpenSource; Creative ...
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Is it legal to publish under CC-BY-SA a picture of a recent sculpture in Japan?

I took this picture of a sculpture in Japan: (size reduced) Would I violate any law if I publish this picture under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0? Solid references required (law/decree texts), thank ...
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OS platform porting are included in term 'Derivatives' in Creative Commons?

Taken this license for reference: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) (similar question) Quote: Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium ...
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What are methods to create open text data from copyrighted texts?

Language data are either texts or spoken utterances. By default, any text is copyrighted. We have Open Data for relatively recent time periods, where text were written intentionally with an open ...
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GDPR regulated data in MIMIC databases

With the recent regulatory changes in the EU regulations knows as GDPR, the definition of "deidentified health care records" has significantly changed, at least for patients that are citizens of the ...