Data Policy

A rare victory for public sector data reuse in Europe

From Jeff Thurston at the Vector One blog, news that the Dutch operation of Landmark Information Group have won a case at the Dutch High Courts asserting that they should be able to access environment information from the City of Amsterdam without high license costs or limitations to its reuse.

This is an interesting development because it is an area where there is little case law despite the fact that the reuse of public sector information as a policy in Europe has been established for a number of years.

The key element to this decision was that is was not appropriate for the City to enforce expensive licensing on a database which was created by them to carry out their core activities.

Written and submitted from the Google Office, London.

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