[talk-au] ODbL data.gov.au permission granted

Alex (Maxious) Sadleir maxious at gmail.com
Sat Sep 24 08:04:21 BST 2011

Okay seriously guys, no matter how much you hate LWG/OSMF, don't take
this out on AGIMO or the state governments.
Grant's opening post to this thread has been circulated widely by
AGIMO staff today, it's not a hoax and obviously by announcing it
publicly, not behind closed doors!

Under the new IP policy, anybody can write to any federal agency and
ask politely for another **open** licence:

"11.(b) Consistent with the need for free and open re-use and
adaptation, public sector information should be licensed by agencies
under the Creative Commons BY standard as the default.

An agency’s starting position when determining how to license its
public sector information should be to consider Creative Commons
licences (http://creativecommons.org.au/) or other open content

Agencies should license their public sector information under a
Creative Commons licence or other open content licence following a
process of due diligence and on a case-by-case basis."

On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 4:43 PM, Andrew Harvey <andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've just sent an enquiry to the AGIMO asking if this is true because
> the LWG has given no proof.
> Just like others I would like to know if the AGIMO has the authority
> to do a blanket license grant on other agencies data, or if they have
> actually received this special permission from each agency who's data
> is on data.gov.au.
> Thirdly if this is true, then I feel this is shockingly poor behaviour
> of the AGIMO. To grant special permissions exclusively to one party,
> which is made even worse when done behind closed doors... I would very
> much welcome less restrictive licensing of government owned data, but
> to give special privilege to OSM but no one else isn't very good
> behaviour of a Government in my humble opinion.
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