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[Octave-patch-tracker] [patch #8472] Data file with measurement data of

From: Rik
Subject: [Octave-patch-tracker] [patch #8472] Data file with measurement data of a penny
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:05:56 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #7, patch #8472 (project octave):

The NIST standard disclaimer seems to cover software.  Is this really software
or is it data?  They seem to have a different possible license for Standard
Reference Data.

Copyright for NIST Standard Reference Data is governed by the Standard
Reference Data Act 

On the other hand, it doesn't seem like this applies very well either because
the Standard Reference Data Act is talking about fundamental physical and
chemical data.

I don't want this to be painful for them, but I wonder if they can release it
in to the public domain?  Or whether they can release it under the same terms
as they did before (to the Mathworks), whatever those were.

There seems to be some precedence for the public domain.  If I look at their
Disclaimer page it says

Use of NIST Information

These World Wide Web pages are provided as a public service by the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With the exception of material
marked as copyrighted, information presented on these pages is considered
public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate
byline/photo/image credits is requested.

This is covering the web pages and anything presented there, but it sounds
like anything that they don't have to maintain copyright on, such as Standard
Reference Data, is generally released to the public domain.


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