Lynn Yarmey (CCE/PAL)
The Panton Principles for Open Data in Science (http://pantonprinciples.org/), released in February 2010, are relatively straightforward but powerful guidelines to data publication online. These principles come from the digital curation community, an increasingly active consortium of librarians, information scientists, technologists and a small number of open-access publishers. In the months since the American Naturalist announcement regarding mandated data publication (Whitlock et al, 2010), issues surrounding licensing will likely remain at the forefront of attention. While simply putting data online may imply permission for data copy, reuse and republication, the Panton Principles encourage stating these intents specifically through the use of licenses in order to formalize the permissions associated with accessible data.