UK Gov't Frees Up Gov't Works Under 'Open' License
from the good-to-see dept
So it's nice to see (via Glyn Moody) that the UK government has taken a big step forward in declaring that government information should be released under an "open" license. In this case, it's set up the UK Open Government Licence (OGL), which isn't quite the same as the public domain, but it does seem pretty open. They're pretty clear when it comes to government data:
It is UK Government policy to support the re-use of its information by making it available for re-use under simple licensing terms. As part of this policy most public sector information should be made available for re-use at the marginal cost of production. In effect, this means at zero cost for the re-user, especially where the information is published online. This maximises the social and economic value of the information. The Open Government Licence should be the default licence adopted where information is made available for re-use free of charge.It's nice to see them recognize that free and open data maximizes both social and economic value for the information. That's been shown over and over again -- particularly when it comes to government data (pdf) that freeing it up leads to greater economic value across the board. Hopefully other governments will start to move away from economically devaluing positions, such as by focusing on concepts like "crown copyright."