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Free re-use of public sector data

Comment 12th July 2010

Information collected by public sector bodies in the course of the work, including those available under freedom of information leg should be available for free re-use by the public and organisations..

Why does this matter?

Public sector organisations, as part of their functions, collect a large amount of information from various sources. However, though that information may be available under freedom of information legislation, the reuse of the information – such as in academic research – can be subject to permission given under the Reuse of Public Sector information Regulations 2005. But since these organisations are publicly funded, it makes sense that the information they own is public information and therefore, where privacy is not an issue, should be available for reuse without permission.

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