[od-discuss] New 'open' NC license from UK Government?

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Tue Aug 2 09:38:08 BST 2011

Does anyone know whether the UK Government are calling the new NC
license an 'open' license? It certainly isn't open as per
OpenDefinition.org [1].

"Developed a non-commercial, 'open' licence for information to be
re-used free of charge provided it's not for commercial use."


This is a good case of where having a well defined set of
international principles on open government data could be valuable
[2]. Not necessarily so that the government doesn't develop an NC
license - but mainly so that they don't call this an 'open' license!


[1] http://www.opendefinition.org/
[2] http://blog.okfn.org/2011/07/08/we-need-international-open-government-data-principles/

Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation


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