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Monmouthshire council uses open government licence

The Guardian - Monmouthshire council has opened up data on its website to allow the public to create "useful apps" and re-use its information freely.

The council has decided to adopt the UK government's open government licence, which provides for the re-use of public sector information with a number of conditions attached. Monmouthshire said that it was the first council in Wales to do this. Under the new terms, people are free to:

• Copy, publish, distribute and transmit the information.

• Adapt the information.

• And exploit the information commercially for example, by combining it with other information, or by including it in your own product or application.

Monmouthshire said that developers and other interested parties will be able to use data available on the council's website and build applications that may benefit people living locally.