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 7 February 2010

Digital boundaries

Posted in: | Licensing | Statistics              

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Posted by: Feargal Hogan

Public Sector Information Holder: ONS

Information Asset: Digital boundaries

The problem

The Office for National Statistics holds a large set of geographical boundary data - administrative, electoral, statistical, health and other datasets - most of which is available on CD free of charge to the general public, but only on request.

Details here:

If it is free, why can't it be made available for download? Surely that would reduce admin costs?

My ideal solution

Each dataset available from the ONS website by clicking a button.

What I would do

I would mashup with datasets to understand what is happening in my local area.

Posted at Sunday, 07 February 2010 14:44:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 22 January 2010

Welsh Assembly Record of Proceedings

Posted in: Licensing              

12 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Francis Tyers

Public Sector Information Holder: Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru / National Assembly for Wales

Information Asset: The Record of Proceedings

The problem

The Proceedings of the National Assembly for Wales has a 'copyright waiver', but this waiver makes the proceedings incompatible with free / open-source software because of restrictions on use.

My ideal solution

My ideal solution would be to release the proceedings under dual licence... CC-BY-SA and GNU GPL. Obviously these are copyleft licences, those which I favour. I would be happy with a non-copyleft free/open licence, such as CC-BY or LGPL, or the MIT licence. Anything GPL-compatible I would be delighted with.

What I would do

I would use the information to make free machine translation systems between Welsh and English.

Posted at Friday, 22 January 2010 09:37:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #