In some respect it is not about the ontology itself as the individual parts
are probably not copyrightable as any metadata identifiers used in an
ontology other than natural language terms are subject to copyright.
The following is an extract of ISO 8000-110 that may be relevant to the
8 Semantic encoding
8.1 General requirements
8.1.1 Level 1 requirements
Semantic encoding is the technique of replacing natural language terms in a
message with identifiers that reference data dictionary entries.
Each property value pair shall include or reference all entities necessary
to unambiguously define its meaning. Each reference shall be to a data
dictionary entry contained in a data dictionary. The reference shall
preserve the integrity of the recipient's data in that the reference to the
data dictionary entry may be integrated with the recipient's own data
without the creation of a joint work.
NOTE 1 Data dictionary identifiers are subject to copyright and the use of
an identifier within a document could create a joint work in which the owner
of the copyright in the identifier may have equal rights to register and
enforce the copyright in the work, regardless of how their shares in the
work are divided. A dictionary in which the entity identifiers are in the
public domain will protect the recipient from the creation of a joint work.
A data dictionary in which the entities identifiers are not in the public
domain but which specifically authorizes the use of the identifiers without
the creation of a joint work is also acceptable.
The data dictionary shall be accessible under the terms of its license in
one of the following ways:
1. The data dictionary is downloadable in its entirety from the Internet.
2. The data dictionary supports an application programming interface
(API) for resolution of a entity identifier to the data dictionary entry
that contains the supporting terminology.
EXAMPLE A properly specified and implemented web services interface
using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) would meet this requirement.
3. The data dictionary is part of the same data set as the property value
pair that references it.
8.1.2 Level 2 requirements
In addition to the requirements specified in 8.1.1 each data set claiming
conformance to level 2 shall meet the requirements of this clause.
If option a of 8.1.1 (the data dictionary is downloadable in its entirety
from the Internet) is chosen, then the data dictionary shall be downloadable
free of charge under the term of its license.
If option b of 8.1.1 (the data dictionary supports an API for resolution) is
chosen, then the API shall be usable free of charge under the term of its
10 Conformance requirements
Conformance to the free decoding conformance class requires conformance to
all requirements in clauses 6, 7, 8, and 9. Any claim of conformance to this
conformance class shall be stated as: "ISO 8000-110" or "ISO 8000-110 free
Conformance to the fee-based decoding conformance class requires conformance
to all requirements in clauses 6, 7, 8 (Level 1 requirements only), and 9.
Any claim of conformance to this conformance class shall be stated as: "ISO
8000-110 fee-based decoding".
Any claim of conformance to this part of ISO 8000 that does not explicitly
state the conformance class shall be a claim of conformance to the free
decoding conformance class. (01)
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