Recommendations (draft)


Recommendation 10

(a)  Government should ensure that there is a uniform system of release and licensing applied across all public bodies; individual public bodies should not develop or vary the standard terms for their sector.
(b)  The system should be a creative commons style approach, using a highly permissive licensing scheme that is transparent, easy to understand and easy to use, modelled on the ‘Click Use’ licence, subject to the caveats below
(c)  The Government should report on the options for these two recommendations by end 2009 and if required, statutory measures should be brought forward not later than the 2009/2010 session.

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  1. Mark Cartwright says:

    It’s a bit odd that a report geared to public empowerment and engagement should feel the need to fall back on central diktat within the public sector.

  2. Any move to licensing uniformity and ease of use is to be welcomed.

  3. Creative Commons is the perfect example to follow, good.

  4. APPSI welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation report. Our response reflects a majority view (but is not unanimous).

    APPSI fully endorses the need to simplify Crown copyright and licensing regimes to encourage maximum exploitation of public sector information and the recommendation for setting up a standardised approach is the right way forward to achieving this aim. In order to reach this point, it is essential that a distinction is made between the Public Task of a Public Body and organisations (e.g. Trading Funds) that provide additional products or services for customers, on the basis that those customers fund such activities which are in addition to the Public Task, particularly since such products and services may well be sold in competition with the private sector.

    In devising a simplified licensing regime, APPSI recommends that the Government considers the issues resulting from multiple sources of data – if an organisation or individual uses data from several public bodies then there is a substantial risk of it being very difficult (if not impossible) to use the resulting product, particularly if each originator has different licensing conditions. What appear to be small fees can quickly add up. These factors tend to inhibit innovation.