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The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) provides researchers, policy makers and decision makers access to datasets and services. AURIN developed this open application programming interface (Open API) to allow developers to develop user interfaces, such as mobile phone applications, web-applications and desktop GIS packages, to access Data through the API.
The University of Melbourne as AURIN’s lead agent, administers, operates and controls AURIN. The Open API and all Open API–related documentation, software and material provided or made available to you by AURIN, but excluding Data, (collectively, the Open API Materials) is copyright © The University of Melbourne 2011 – 2016. For the avoidance of doubt, the Data is owned by the data provider.
3. Open API Materials Licence
4. Creative Commons Licence
AURIN supports open data, and does its best to to obtain Data under Creative Commons Public Licences. The OpenAPI currently provides access to Data licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licences.
There are three CC BY licences under which the dataset may be licensed in the AURIN API– CC BY 2.5 AU, CC BY 3.0 AU or CC BY 4.0. It is important that you read the terms of the CC BY licence that applies to the dataset (Relevant CC BY Licence). The metadata associated with each dataset will state which CC BY licence applies, and will provide a link to the Relevant CC BY Licence. You can find the metadata of the datasets available through the OpenAPI here.
Each of these CC BY licences require you to give appropriate attribution, provide a link to the licence, and indicate if changes to the data were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. You cannot apply any legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the Relevant Licence permits.
All three CC BY licences allow you to:
- share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format); and / or
- adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material),
for any purpose.
You must properly attribute the Data in accordance with the requirements of the Relevant CC BY Licence. Where a dataset does not require a specific attribution, please include the following attribution in any publication incorporating such data:
[Data Source Organisation], ([Year]): [Dataset Title]; accessed from AURIN Open API [AURIN Open API hyperlink] on [date of access]
If you are unsure how to properly attribute a particular dataset, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Requirements for Your End Users
You must ensure users of any product you develop utilising the Data comply with the terms of the Relevant CC BY Licence.
You are required to provide the terms of the Relevant CC BY Licence to your end users.
7. Ownership of Intellectual Property
The Data is owned by the data provider. Any modifications you make to the Data are governed by the terms of the Relevant Licence.
We do not warrant that Data is accurate, complete or up-to-date, or that its use will not infringe any third party rights. Data comes from a number of third party data providers and those data providers are responsible for their particular datasets. Your use of Data is at your own risk. You should check the accuracy, completeness and currency of any dataset with the relevant data provider before relying on it. Please notify us if you think any Data is inaccurate, incomplete, unreliable or out of date by emailing email@example.com.
You agree and acknowledge that, to the extent permitted by law (including the Australian Consumer Law if applicable), we:
- do not represent or warrant that the Open API Materials are free from errors or omissions, or that they are exhaustive;
- do not represent, warrant or accept any liability in relation to the availability, reliability or quality of the Open API Materials; and
- disclaim any warranties, representations or endorsements, express or implied, with regard to the Open API or the Data, including all implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.
You represent and warrant that you have the right to use, reproduce, transmit, copy, publicly display, publicly perform, and distribute any product you develop utilising the Data, and that a third party of that product will not violate the rights of any third party or any law.
To the extent permitted by law, you indemnify AURIN, the University of Melbourne and its related bodies against any claim, loss, damage, liability, cost or expense that you may incur arising out of:
- a breach of these terms;
- your use of the Open API Materials; or
- your use of the Data.
11. External websites
We sometimes provide links to external websites. We do not accept responsibility for, or endorse the content of, those sites.
12. Copyright notices
Data is generally provided in an aggregate or anonymised form. However, it may be possible to identify an individual from the Data (for example, by combining datasets or analysing data). You must not use the Data in a manner that interferes with the privacy of an individual.
AURIN is keen to build a user community around the OpenAPI. This will help AURIN understand the demand for different datasets in the wider Australian community and identify what datasets may benefit the broader community. If you would like to participate in this community or find out more about it, please tick the box on the registration form to receive the low volume AURIN newsletter. This newsletter is available quarterly.