Feeds

UK.gov refines pub sector software code, database re-use licence

It's got the word 'open' in it

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

UK public sector workers have been handed a new Open Government licence this morning from The National Archives office that allows easier re-use of some gov data.

It is interoperable with the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence, but it also comes loaded with a number of restrictions.

Public sector employees throughout Blighty can use the licence, which covers databases and software source codes to copy, publish and distribute information. Data can additionally be adapted and “exploited” commercially, said The National Archives office.

The terms of the licence demands that the source of the data is attributed and that no “official status” is inferred when using the information. Users are also required to obey the Data Protection Act.

There are a number of pretty obvious exemptions where the licence cannot be used.

They include personal data in the information; departmental or public sector organisation logos and the Royal Arms “except where they form an integral part of a document or dataset”; and information subject to other Intellectual Property rights, such as patents and trademarks.

The licence overhaul improves on the government's so-called "Click-Use" licence by covering re-use of databases and software source codes originating from pub sec bodies.

Apps developers working on government projects will likely welcome the new terms, but convincing local authorities and government departments to release data under the licence could yet prove a stumbling block.

Meanwhile, the data.gov.uk website - which first tested out the licence - is currently having a little lie down. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU
And hey - no need to tell the website you've de-listed. That'll make it easier ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.