Taxonomy to classify types of software licences


Hi all,

I would like to bring to your attention that the AMDS.SW Working Group has released 9 software taxonomies  under an open licence with multilingual labels in 7 languages. These taxonomies [3] include:  Licence Type, Intended Audience, Natural Language, Operating System, Programming Language,Status, Topic, User Interface / Graphical Environment, and Publisher Type.

I think especially the Licence Type taxonomy could be of particular interest to the SPDX community. The taxonomies can be viewed on this web page:
and can be downloaded here:

The taxonomies are represented in a machine readable format: the SKOS standard of W3C. The majority of these taxonomies were originally made available in March 2012 by SourceForge under CC BY 3.0 [2]. We hope that the use of common taxonomies to categorise software will contribute to making software better searchable on the Web.

with kind regards,


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