Archive for the “Public Sector Information” category

Open data: free to use and republish

By Nick Holmes on September 26, 2018

Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or similar. The philosophy behind it is long established, but the term “open data” (…)

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Crown Commons

By Nick Holmes on January 26, 2010

With the launch of the beta website – providing access to over 2,500 central government datasets – comes a new licensing model for government information which it is intended will be launched government-wide by the end of May 2010 (…)

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Unlocking the power of information

By Nick Holmes on July 10, 2008

As regular readers will know, one of my pet subjects is unlocking the power of public sector information, and I’ve actively campaigned for it as it relates to legal information. The ball is now really rolling on this with the (…)

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Consultations aggregator

By Nick Holmes on April 14, 2008

Just came across Tell Them What You Think, an extremely handy site which aggregates government consultations and enables you to: search all current government consultations for words and phrases browse all latest consultations by department set up alerts via email (…)

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They’re working for us (dot org)

By Nick Holmes on March 26, 2008

The folks at mySociety are really moving on Society 2.0. mySociety is a charity which builds natty Web 2.0 sites that give people simple, tangible benefits in the civic and community aspects of their lives. It also aims to teach (…)

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Our data should be free

By Nick Holmes on March 14, 2008

A long-awaited private study by Cambridge University into the pricing of public sector information (PSI) by trading funds (Ordnance Survey, Met Office, Companies House, Land Registry et al) was published on the side with the 2008 Budget Report. The study (…)

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Free access is not open access

By Nick Holmes on October 11, 2007

I highlight again a single point from para 87 of the Power of Information review from my acronymically-entitled previous post PSI4U: It is relatively easy to suggest changes that would give citizens and organisations better access to information held by (…)

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By Nick Holmes on September 24, 2007

The Power of Information review (see previous post) looked at how non-personal public sector information can be re-used and reinvigorated outside of government to generate public and economic value. Responding to one of its recommendations, OPSI have set up a (…)

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Power to the people (2)

By Nick Holmes on June 29, 2007

The Cabinet Office has responded positively to the independent report it commissioned on the future of government services – The Power of Information (see previous post) – saying that the Government will engage in partnership with user-led online communities, not (…)

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Gov 2.0 – power to the people

By Nick Holmes on June 14, 2007

Around the world, the first phase of Government use of the internet is coming to an end with public services and information largely online. We are now at the start of a new era, where Government starts to learn how (…)

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Beefy and Lamby anyone?

By Nick Holmes on January 18, 2007

Comment on the Government’s proposals to close 550 plus government websites has provoked a range of comment from “about time too” to “a bit of a sick joke“, with numerous geeks chipping in that this is all unnecessary because [Web (…)

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Developments in legal information

By Nick Holmes on January 4, 2007

First published January 2007 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. Here are some of the key developments in the field of (free) legal information provision in 2006 and some predictions for 2007. The Statute Law Database After a 10-year wait, (…)

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Monopoly of PSI costs the UK £500 million in lost opportunities

By Nick Holmes on December 13, 2006

OFT Press Release 07/12/2006: The OFT’s market study into the commercial use of public information has found that more competition in public sector information could benefit the UK economy by around 1billion a year. Examples of public sector information include (…)

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Free public sector data? – someone has to pay

By Nick Holmes on May 26, 2006

Society Guardian on howSusskind has approvedthe Guardian’s Free Our Data Campaign: The British government owns one of the world’s most valuable collections of intellectual property. Government policy on what it should do with this information is muddled. On one hand, (…)

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OPSI discussion forum

By Nick Holmes on March 24, 2006

OPSI has added a Discussion Forums area to its website. The first to be set up is “Website Help” which is for discussion of problems, issues and tips on using the OPSI website. They may regret this! Half of the (…)

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