The NBN Atlas is a powerful resource that we want to be used to share, display and analyse data.
Most data providers are not under any obligation to share data via the NBN Atlas and if they believe that doing so could result in environmental damage or undermine their ability to fund their operations, they could withhold or withdraw data.
For this reason, it is a fundamental feature of the NBN that data providers retain ownership and control of their data, and are acknowledged and receive proper credit when their data are used in reports or documents. Without our data partners the NBN Atlas couldn’t exist so we take this seriously.
Here you can find guidance for using biological data made available via the NBN Atlas.
- Any document or product that makes use of data from the NBN Atlas must contain a statement that the Data Provider, Original Recorder [where identified], and the NBN Trust bear no responsibility for any further analysis or interpretation of that material, data and/or information.
- Content that you access through the NBN Atlas website may also be subject to specific terms and conditions imposed by a Data Partner (Data Partner Terms). These Data Partner Terms may include certain licences to use the content (see below)
How do I know which data I can use?
All data on the NBN Atlas will have an associated licence, which outlines the circumstances under which the data can be used. The type of data licence assigned can be found in the dataset metadata and within any data download. Licence type can also be displayed on the interactive map and within the Spatial Portal.
The available data licences are CC0, CC-BY, CC-BY-NC, and OGL.
- CC0: ‘No rights reserved’ licence. All data is in the public domain and can be used for any purpose
- CC-BY: This license allows others to use data, even commercially, as long as the original data creator is credited.
- CC-BY-NC: This license allows others to use data only for non-commercial purposes. The original data creator must be credited. Guidance on non-commercial use can be found here
- OGL: Open government licence, similar to the CC-BY, this licence allows others to use data, even commercially, as long as the original data creator is credited.
If the data you wish to use is under a CC-BY-NC licence and your intended use is commercial, you can apply to the data provider for an exemption to the licence. Some data providers may charge for this.
N.B. Using information gained by viewing data on the NBN Atlas for commercial purposes is a breach of the CC-BY-NC licence, i.e. data does not have to have been downloaded for the licence conditions to apply.
Users who breach the licence conditions may be liable for a fixed charge.
More information on all of the available licences can be found on the Data Licences page.
NBN Atlas Citation where no records exist for an area
Please note in cases where the NBN Atlas has been checked and no records found this is not subject to a creative commons licence. The general citation below should be used.
‘NBN Atlas website at http://www.nbnatlas.org Accessed 01 April 2017.’
Sensitive Species data
Data records for species that are listed on the agreed Sensitive Species List will only be publicly available at a blurred resolution. The blurred data can be used under the Creative Commons licence as determined by the data provider (this information can be found in the dataset metadata and within any data download).
You may apply to the data provider to gain access to the high resolution version of the sensitive species records. If access is granted, data use will be under a Restricted Re-use licence. The general Restricted Re-use conditions will be available soon. When granting the licence, data providers may apply additional conditions on the use of these data which must be adhered to.
More information can be found on the Sensitive species page.