Public Data Corporation

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 4th May 2011.

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Photo of Mark Pawsey Mark Pawsey Conservative, Rugby

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which (a) Government organisations, (b) datasets and (c) licensing arrangements he expects to come within the remit of the proposed Public Data Corporation.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

There are many organisations in the public sector which hold and manage information. Not all organisations holding significant public sector information will be suitable for inclusion within the Public Data Corporation. Important considerations will be how and to what extent the information is made available to its customers (other parts of Government, businesses and citizens), and whether products and services form part of the organisation’s ‘public task’ or whether they are a by product in the organisation’s business model. Final decisions on inclusion of bodies and datasets will be taken in light of this work. Until decisions are taken it would be premature to announce which bodies may be involved.

While the majority of public sector information will be available under the Open Government License (OGL), there are some instances where this is not possible e.g. where third party intellectual property rights are present, or where charges are required to ensure the sustainability and quality of the data. Work over the coming months will focus on harmonising and simplifying licensing arrangements that can be used as a basis for licensing where the OGL is not appropriate.

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