Data licences

A way of putting people in control of how their data is used

This is archived work. See our work page to find out about our latest thinking.

A data licence is a design pattern that puts people in control of their data, letting them set the rules of engagement. By answering a short series of straightforward questions, users customise their data licence to form a contract with the other party.

Dl Double Image
If Data Licence Animation Thumbnail 2

Data licences relate to our work cataloguing the ways people are able to share data. New data sharing patterns are essential for the growing number of things that collect data, particularly those that give people more agency when it comes to how their data is used.

Data Licence Web
Side Of Table Angle
Data Licence Bbd Double Image

We built a toolkit for making data licences for the Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House.

If you couldn't make it along, you can make a licence now.