[CivicAccess-discuss] Fwd: DataBC (Beta) is now live.
michael at michaelmulley.com
Tue Jul 19 13:41:57 EDT 2011
Agreed on all counts, but let's be clear: the BC license is good. It's
a truism that every new license initially contributes to
balkanization, but this is in several ways the best license I've seen
so far on Canadian data (barring the PDDL, which doesn't seem likely
to catch on widely here). It's heavily based on the successful UK
I definitely agree that open data citizens need to keep licensing in
mind. And, unless there are problems with the BC license I haven't
noticed, we now have an easy message to give Canadian data providers
about licensing: "BC is the leader. Follow them."
(Yes, we've already been able to say "Follow US/Australia/NZ." But a
Canadian example is much more reassuring.)
On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM, Tracey P. Lauriault <tlauriau at gmail.com> wrote:
> It is good to have home grown, even better to build on international
> examples to foster greater legal and policy interoperability.
> Canadian 'open data' licencing is a balkanized system. What is legal in one
> town or province/territory conflicts with another or other levels of
> government and also internationaly. Even apps developers are closing their
> apps and selling them with open data inside them, hardly in keeping with the
> ideas of openness - $ could be made with open source apps using open data -
> apps licencing and open data licencing.
> It would be really great if we could encourage cities, provinces,
> territories, national departments and agencies to work more closely with
> CIPPIC and with each other to aim towards some sort of unity in licensing
> and understandings of what openness really is. The UK, New Zealand and
> Australia are examples of this type of CC licensing. They are Westminster
> systems like Canada's and we could embrace something like this if only we
> worked together more and worked with the public legal agencies that can best
> lead us toward better licensing. Open data citizens, I would argue, need to
> foreground licencing along with their hackfest ideals & apps development
> I know this is a dry read, and that I have mentioned it on numerous
> occasions, but worth reading nonetheless
> - http://www.cippic.ca/open-licensing/.
> On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 1:02 PM, Michael Mulley <michael at michaelmulley.com>
>> In particular, I read the license the data is available under and
>> started grinning. It's based on the UK opengov license, but it's a
>> custom BC version, which in this case may be good: a homegrown
>> Canadian example, created by a provincial government. David Eaves
>> wrote more this morning:
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Pamela MacDonald <pamelamacd at gmail.com>
>> Date: Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM
>> Subject: [OpenDataBC] DataBC (Beta) is now live.
>> To: OpenDataBC <opendatabc at googlegroups.com>
>> The Province has launched their new site and included the first
>> release of datasets in the link above.
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