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Biodiversity data is not subject to copyright
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Bidiversity data is not subject to copyright?

Charles Roper - Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre - 2014-06-11

There is some debate within the biodiversity informatics community as to whether species observation data is subject to copyright. It is true, data representing facts is not subject to copyright. Exceptions would be images, video and original text, such as commentary. Also, a sufficiently original selection and arrangement of data would be subject to copyright, such as an atlas or flora, but the copyright would exist in that arrangement rather than the data itself (think notes in a composition, or words in a book - the component parts are not subject to copyright, but the selection and arrangement is). Data that has involved skill and knowledge in the creation and/or verification would be subject to copyright. In short, it's a grey area. I've been doing some research on the matter and have dug up some useful reading. I'd recommend anyone involved in managing biodiversity data to get acquainted

charlesroper / 0_reuse_code.js
Created Jun 9, 2014
Here are some things you can do with Gists in GistBox.
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// Use Gists to store code you would like to remember later on
console.log(window); // log the "window" object to the console
charlesroper /
Created Jun 9, 2014 — forked from jookyboi/
Python-related modules and guides.


  • lxml - Pythonic binding for the C libraries libxml2 and libxslt.
  • boto - Python interface to Amazon Web Services
  • Django - Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
  • Fabric - Library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration task.
  • PyMongo - Tools for working with MongoDB, and is the recommended way to work with MongoDB from Python.
  • Celery - Task queue to distribute work across threads or machines.
  • pytz - pytz brings the Olson tz database into Python. This library allows accurate and cross platform timezone calculations using Python 2.4 or higher.


charlesroper /
Created Jun 9, 2014 — forked from jookyboi/
CSS libraries and guides to bring some order to the chaos.


  • 960 Grid System - An effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem.
  • Compass - Open source CSS Authoring Framework.
  • Bootstrap - Sleek, intuitive, and powerful mobile first front-end framework for faster and easier web development.
  • Font Awesome - The iconic font designed for Bootstrap.
  • Zurb Foundation - Framework for writing responsive web sites.
  • SASS - CSS extension language which allows variables, mixins and rules nesting.
  • Skeleton - Boilerplate for responsive, mobile-friendly development.


charlesroper /
Created Jun 9, 2014 — forked from jookyboi/
Here are a set of libraries, plugins and guides which may be useful to your Javascript coding.


  • jQuery - The de-facto library for the modern age. It makes things like HTML document traversal and manipulation, event handling, animation, and Ajax much simpler with an easy-to-use API that works across a multitude of browsers.
  • Backbone - Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface.
  • AngularJS - Conventions based MVC framework for HTML5 apps.
  • Underscore - Underscore is a utility-belt library for JavaScript that provides a lot of the functional programming support that you would expect in Prototype.js (or Ruby), but without extending any of the built-in JavaScript objects.
  • lawnchair - Key/value store adapter for indexdb, localStorage
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Last active Aug 29, 2015
Future of Data Sharing; Adastra 2013

The Future of Data Sharing

By Charles Roper, Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
First published in Adastra 2013; February 2014

Executive Summary

We at SxBRC would like to improve the way we share and distribute data so that we're better able to exploit modern technology and maximise reuse. In order to do this we need to sharpen up on our data sharing agreements and start the process of applying clear, machine-readable licenses to datasets. We need to do this in collaboration with data creators and with the blessing of recorders and groups. Read on for the details on what, why and how.

Table of Contents

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DocumentRoot /var/www/
<Directory /var/www/>
Options +FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
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blockquote::before {
content: attr(data-before-quote);
letter-spacing: -.15em;
blockquote::after {
content: attr(data-after-quote);
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@echo off
@rem ==================
@rem Source:
@rem Description:
@rem Install context menu to allow user opens file with Sublime Text as User or Admin, or Open Folder with Sublime Text.
@rem Usage:
@rem Download this .bat file to in Sublime Text's installation folder.
@rem Execute this batch file. It will download elevate codes and setup context menu.
@rem ==================
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