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[EP-tech] SPDX - licences

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Hi [and apologies for cross-posting],

Just wondering if anyone in the EPrints community has looked into using the SPDX licence definitions, which cover the CC licences as well as many others: https://spdx.org/licenses/


The ‘FAIR Signposting profile’: https://signposting.org/FAIR/#scholobject indicates it’s their preferred way to include licence information.

Currently EPrints has a set of short codes it uses for the licences namedset. SPDX does a similar thing with a standardised short-code, but then machine-readable details/links.


The list itself is available in a few machine-friendly formats- JSON / JSON-LD / RDFa e.g. https://github.com/spdx/license-list-data/blob/main/json/licenses.json, so could either be incorporated either into the core EPrints codebase, of into an ‘extended’ licences plugin/ingredient.


At this point in time, just wondering if other people had come across it.





John Salter



White Rose Libraries Technical Officer
IT - Application Support (Research)
University of Leeds