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Re: [Health] Question about license of ICD10 data

From: Luis Falcon
Subject: Re: [Health] Question about license of ICD10 data
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2018 20:05:53 +0100

Dear Sebastian

On Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:46:33 +0200
Sebastian Hellmann <address@hidden> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am from DBpedia, which focuses on Open Data. We would like to load 
> ICD-10 on the new DBpedia Databus, but we are a bit unsure because of 
> the license.
> We can see that you have the data at gnuhealth-3.2.9/health_icd10/data
> Our questions are:
> 1. How did you manage to get this data under the GPL license?

The GNU Health project is GPL v3+, thus the package health_icd10.

We have created the XML data files from the public ICD10
definition. The disease groups are specific to GNU Health, but also
released under GPL v3.

The GNU Health data model allows different coding systems for health
conditions to be used. 

> 2. DBpedia will be (Open Data Commons Attribution License) ODC-By
> with the individual parts licensed under other licenses ranging from
> CC-0 to BY, SA and NC . However, we don't know how we can treat the
> GPL for data.
> Probably like this: if you derive a database from a GPL source the
> some sort of copyleft has to apply, but no attribution? If the data
> is used in a program it is CC-0 as it falls under the communication
> part, i.e. application communicating with the database software: 
I would suggest that if you take the GNU Health datafiles as source,
you can give us credit in a way you feel appropriate. The ICD10 codes
are already at Wikipedia as CC SA. See

But, most importantly, I am not a lawyer, so don't take my word for
it, specially on the use.

Hope it helps :)

All the best

Dr. Luis Falcon, M.D., BSc
President, GNU Solidario
GNU Health: Freedom and Equity in Healthcare
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