Can I Copyright My Data?

As if copyright and current publishing models aren’t confusing enough, sharing datasets makes it even more complex. Join our presenters who will
  • discuss the history of copyright, the purpose of intellectual property laws and policies, and where datasets fit in to the story
  • define research data and describe the current landscape of data sharing in the US
Attendees will learn about issues of data ownership and the role that librarians can play in educating and promoting clear workflows for faculty.
This webinar was originally presented on December 3, 2014.

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the current landscape of data sharing and intellectual property ownership.
  • Clear picture of how copyright applies to data.

Who Should Attend

  • technical services librarians
  • academic librarians
  • institutional repository librarians
  • e-resources librarians
  • copyright/scholarly communications librarians
  • data management librarians


Sandra Aya Enimil is the head of the Copyright Resource Center at the Ohio State University Libraries. Sandra provides information and resources on using copyrighted materials and assists creators in protecting their own copyright. Prior to working at Ohio State, she was the archives/copyright manager of the Chicago Defender newspaper. Sandra earned law and masters of library and information science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sandra has bachelor of arts degrees in political science and psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Ghana.

Amanda Rinehart is data management services librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. Amanda comes to University Libraries from Illinois State University, where she served as data librarian and head of the Digital and Data Services Department. Prior to that appointment, Amanda was e-science librarian at Brown University and worked eleven years at the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory of the USDA. She received an MLIS from the University of South Florida, a master’s of science in botany and plant pathology at Michigan State University, and a bachelor of arts from Kenyon College.




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