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Data Policy: Resources


Useful Links

These links are designed as a collection of resources for people who want to know more about different aspects of data policy. Readers looking for a more practical set of guidelines should visit our tools page.

Resources for understanding user agreements

Whitepaper: "The click that binds: Ways users 'agree' to online terms of service." This short document explains the differences between clickwrap and browsewrap agreements.

Resources for understanding legal policies

Does my research need IRB review? This decision tree published by Cornell University helps readers determine whether their projects need to gain IRB approval. 
National Science Foundation (NSF) data management plan requirements. All proposals submitted to NSF after 1/18/2011 must include a 2-page data management plan. This page describes what this entails. Similar plans are held by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). This page includes the full text of COPPA and instructions on how to comply with COPPA regulations.
Understanding the CAN-SPAM Act. This guide, published by the Bureau for Consumer Protection, explains the CAN-SPAM act and offers instructions on how businesses can comply.
The Foundation Center maintains a list of organizations specializing in nonprofit law. Some do pro bono work.

Resources for understanding privacy policies

The Future of Privacy Forumn is a Washington, DC think tank dedicated to ensuring responsible data practices.  Their curated list of privacy policy generators is a good collection of tools that automatically generate privacy policies. 
Best Practices for writing privacy policies. Published by Privacy Trust.

Resources for understanding terms of use


Open Knowledge Foundation.  Established in 2004, the Open Knowledge Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing open data. Their website defines open data, explains the rationale for keeping data open, and offers concrete steps for making data sets open and usable for other researchers.

The Creative Commons "Choose a License" tool.  This tool provides a quick and easy way to choose the right creative commons license and provides the HTML code for necessary to post a license to a web page.


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