Data License Agreement

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Data license agreements (DLA), or data use agreements (DUA) are documents that describe what kind of data is being shared with recipients. DLAs specify clearly the purpose and duration of access being provided to the recipient, along with restrictions and security protocols that the recipient of the data must follow. Other contracts, such as a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), may be used to guarantee confidentiality of sensitive data.

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  • A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is an agreement signed by a member of the research team stating clearly that they will not share any sensitive information with anyone outside the research team.
  • A data license agreement (DLA) usually has two parties - one who provides the data, and the other who requests access to that data.
  • Projects that have multiple sources of data will require multiple data license agreements.
  • Members of the research team must follow certain best practices when developing a DLA.
  • The World Bank uses the following DLA template.


Drafting DLAs

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