Social Sector Knowledge & Open Licenses

Except where otherwise noted, all content on IssueLab is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). This means that the metadata we create, the code we author, and/or any original content we write or design for IssueLab is free for you to use under the terms of the A-NC-SA license. Please be mindful that the copyrights on work that is indexed in IssueLab, the reports and resources we collect, do carry their own copyrights which need to be respected.

In addition to licensing IssueLab’s content under an open license we also recommend that other social sector organizations consider openly licensing the work they fund and produce.

When we talk or write about open licenses, we are referring to Creative Commons and the work they are doing to get the world to share better. We’re fans of Creative Commons open licenses because they’re easy to understand, simple to use, well supported, and they undergird open access.

If you are not familiar with Creative Commons and open licenses, the Creative Commons site is a great place to start. Here are links to a few of the resources offered there:

About CC licenses

CC license chooser

Open licensing guide for foundation staff

Don’t feel like reading? Watch CC’s “Wanna Work Together?” video to get the gist in just a few minutes.

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