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Releasing is a process where previously non-public information (located typically in the project wiki Erac) is considered public and is moved to an open website (typically Opasnet or Wikipedia).


What are the criteria for public and non-public information, and what are the rules for releasing information?


Terms used

Public information
is any information that can be obtained from a publicly available information source (including sources that are not free of charge).
Non-public information
in this context is any information that has been provided to the Erac website and does not fulfil the criteria of public information.

In respect of ownership and immaterial property rights in the Opasnet and Erac websites and collaboration, all contributions consist of two elements: information content and style.

  • The information content is owned by the contributor until it has been published, after which it is in the public domain. However, the scientific merit belongs to the person who originally presented this information, and the merit is not taken away when publishing. On the contrary, merit is only given to pieces of information that are published. Pieces of information within the Erac website are not considered published. Therefore, they only possess potential merit.
  • The style means the actual unique, maybe artistic, use of words and other forms of expression; the artifact. Copyright laws apply to style. The style is owned by the contributor. The contributor may give his/her artifact into the public domain, after which it can be freely used without copyright restrictions.


The following rules apply to information in Erac.

  • Unless otherwise agreed, each contributor has the ownership to the information content and the style of his/her own contribution.
  • A protection area means a group of web pages that are read-protected and only viewable by a particular group of defined users within the Erac website. Technically, each protection area is a separate namespace. The 'Main' namespace is a special protection area in the sense that ALL users of Erac website have a read permission to the area.
  • Other users of Erac may freely and free of charge use contributions of others WITHIN the protection area where the information is located. They are NOT allowed to use or move the information ANYWHERE else without an explicit permission from the original contributor.
  • Metadata, i.e. information about a piece of information can be used within the whole Erac website even if the information itself is in a protected area. The metadata may not reveal the actual information, only the type, format, and owner of it. Specifically, links to protected pieces of information may be used from outside the protected area.
  • The Erac website should not contain public information, but it should locate on the Opasnet website instead. If a piece of public information is found, it can be moved to Opasnet after a proper proof of its public nature and resolving of the style ownership. The action of moving information from Erac to Opasnet is called releasing.
    • The owner of the style of a piece of information can prevent the release of the piece. A common example is an article manuscript that, for a large part of the introduction or discusssion, may contain public information. However, he/she cannot prevent the use of public information.
  • The process of release is the following:
    • If there is only one owner, he/she can release the piece of information at any time without further formalities.
    • A release is suggested by adding a {{release}} template to the page.
    • The release suggestion must be defended by a proof that the information actually is publicly available. The defence is located on the Talk page as a formal Discussion.
    • The current contributions related to the piece of information are evaluated, and a summary is written. The summary is a part of the defence for the release. It is also subject to formal discussion.
    • After the discussion has converged to a resolution for release, and the resolution has not changed for two weeks, the piece of information may be released.
    • The current version is released, and the previous versions remain on the Erac website. If a whole page is released, the page content is replaced by a redirect to the new page in the open website (typically Opasnet or Wikipedia).
    • The summary of the contributions is located on the Talk page of the new page.
  • If a page is edited by several contributors, they may make a joint agreement on how the contributions of a particular version is divided or jointly owned.

See also