7 Jan 2022

RNAcentral will be moving to the Creative Commons Zero License

RNAcentral is dedicated to making our data freely and readily available to everyone. Currently, we release our data under EMBL-EBI’s Terms of use, but we think moving to the the Creative Commons Zero license (CC0) will be an improvement, because this will:
  • Be more in line with the spirit of EMBL-EBI's Terms of use and place data in the public domain without constraints. We believe that this approach to research data sharing strengthens open science and scientific progress.
  • Encourage remixing and reuse as it makes clear to any user - academic, commercial or otherwise - that the data is not owned by anyone and therefore can be used freely.
  • Save researchers time when reusing the data, which speeds up the process of science.

We will relicense all our data with the CC0 license starting from the next release. This means all records including sequences, annotations and other data fetched from RNAcentral are released under the CC0 license. If you have any feedback or questions about this, please get in touch by email, on Twitter, or by submitting an issue on GitHub.