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Removing barriers to data innovation

Empowering people and organizations to share and use data more effectively

Sharing data can help address some of society’s biggest challenges and help individuals and organizations be more innovative, efficient, and productive. Today, however, it is often difficult to determine how best to share data from both a legal and technical perspective. To help make it easier for individuals and organizations to share data, we’re offering a set of draft agreements for consideration by the community, each designed to address a specific data sharing challenge. We look forward to improving these agreements with feedback and taking additional steps to help make it easier for individuals and organizations to share data with confidence.

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Getting to Common Terms for Data Sharing

Sharing data between organizations can help address some of society’s biggest challenges. There is no question that working with data in any fashion requires careful consideration of privacy and security risks, but there are clear benefits to be gained when done appropriately.

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Backgrounder & FAQ

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Questions or need additional information? Read more about our perspective on data sharing licensing and governance.

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Data Use Agreements

Open Use of Data Agreement (O-UDA)

README | Agreement
Provide feedback on our Open Use of Data Agreement GitHub repo

Computational Use of Data Agreement (C-UDA)

README | Agreement
Provide feedback on our Computational Use of Data Agreement GitHub repo

Data Use Agreement for Open AI Model Development (DUA-OAI)

README | Agreement
Send your feedback to datainno@microsoft.com

Data Sharing Projects

Answer ALS

Answer ALS is the single largest collaborative ALS research project working to build a comprehensive collection of data on people living with the disease in an effort to help researchers discover a cure

Open Data Initiative with Adobe, Microsoft and SAP

The Open Data Initiative provides a platform for a single, comprehensive view of business data for analysis

Hosting the World’s Leading Environmental Data Sets

In April 2019, Microsoft committed to hosting the world’s leading environmental data sets on Azure to accelerate the work of grantees and researchers around the world

Open Manufacturing Platform: Microsoft and the BMW Group

A new initiative to drive open industrial IoT development and help grow a community to build future Industry 4.0 solutions

Other Resources

Find links to resources that support open data and data sharing.

Licensing, Governance, and Legal Tools

Data Repositories

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