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UK Government launches open licence

HEXUS - Westminster may not be ready to go open-source just yet, but today's (Thursday) announcement is one step closer to an open government. Unveiled by the National Archives and developed by HM Stationery Office - which administers the Crown Copyright - the new Open Government Licence (OGL) aims to enable greater access to a range of public sector information.

The existing framework is clunky and inefficient, requiring anyone attempting to use government data to register and formally apply for permission. The new licence - which is broadly similar to, and interoperable with, existing schemes like Creative Commons - lays out the basic guidelines for how data can be used. As a result, it should be much easier for entrepreneurs and developers to make use of the available data.