Open Access News

News from the open access movement

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Unlocking UK PSI for re-use

The Free Our Data blog describes a new service from the UK's Office of Public Sector Information to navigate issues in re-using government data:

As the regulator for public sector information re-use, we know that people can encounter problems from time to time getting hold of the information they need in the formats they want. Difficulties can include problems with charging, licensing or the data standards that public sector information is provided in.

These problems aren't about access (which is dealt with under Freedom of Information legislation), but all the other issues which can occur when you want to do something with public sector information - copy it, remix it with other data or add value and republish it. If you are trying to re-use some public sector information, but the data you need is locked-up, this service is for you. ...