Accessing and sharing data

This portal is intended to provide a resource for data from multiple sources, and the outputs of different studies and projects (whether research, commercially oriented or, for example, environmental impacts assessments), to be compiled in one place and thus accessible for further use. It is intended as a stepping stone for non-government and academic data contributors, from which data can be passed to the broader regional tools, in particular the Africa Marine Atlas and the Nairobi Convention Clearing House Mechanism, as well as to global resources such as the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and others.

The Creative Commons open access licence forms the basis of the information provided on MASPAWIO. As stated by the CReative Commons website ” The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional ‘all rights reserved’ setting that copyright law creates. Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law” (

Users need to have a profile to upload data, and in setting up a profile will confirm that any data they upload is open to the public on the basis of any of the following:

  • >> they are the Intellectual Property holder of the data, so have full rights to make it open;
  • >> the data has been published in the public domain and is thus accessible in other locations;
  • >> if there is any dispute in relation to access to the data they hold the responsibility to resolve the dispute. during the dispute process, data will not be available on the portal.
  • >> all items published on the portal will be available for use and re-used by any users of the portal under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. This allows repackaging of the data on condition of attribution of the data owner/provider.

Other and more restrictive Creative Commons licences can be selected by contributors and are described at this link.

The default CC-BY license (Attribution 4.0 International, under Creative Commons 4.0):

  • Assures attribution of the work to the provider
  • Allows adaptations of the provider’s work to be shared
    Allows commercial use of the provider’s work

More restrictive licences can be selected by the user from, and the license displayed in the metadata for their uploaded layers.