Work to open up expenditure data from central and local government is gathering pace, and the first movers are working hard to resolve the technical, licensing and other issues involved.
Chris Taggart's blog post this morning highlights several issues which will need to be resolved in making local spending data fully transparent, including licensing.
When the Public Sector Transparency Board met for the first time last week we put out for comment a set of draft principles for publishing open data. One of these is:
"Public data will be released under the same open licence which enables free reuse, including commercial reuse – all data should be under the same easy to understand licence. Data released under the Freedom of Information Act or the new Right to Data should be automatically released under that licence."
We have already reminded those involved of this principle and the existing availability of the ‘data.gov.uk’ licence which meets its criteria, and we understand that urgent measures are already taking place to rectify the problems identified by Chris.
It's important that there are clear, consistent and widely understood principles about transparency and openness for public data, so please keep commenting and debating on the principles so we can make them as good and as clear as possible.
Post written by the Public Sector Transparency Board