Monday, January 15, 2007

UK Government To "Free Its Data" For Public Use and Re-Use

The BBC has a very eye-opening article on recent changes in the way Her Majesty's government in the United Kingdom makes its vast amounts of data available to the public.

Not only has the government decided to make its huge new Statute Law Database freely available to the public.

But many commentators think the launch may indicate "a sea-change in the general thinking about the way government information becomes available", according to one government official quoted in the BBC report, as it appears the British government may soon remove restrictions such as heavy fees on the re-use of public information by third parties.

And that would be "a huge victory for campaigners and websites keen to exploit the vast resources of government databases".

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 10:07 pm


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