The National Archives has launched UK Government Licensing Framework version 2
London, 1 August 2011
(by Daniel Dietrich)
The National Archives has launched version 2 of the UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF). UKGLF 2.0 builds on the success of the Open Government Licence (OGL), and enables easy re-use of a wider range of public sector information. The OGL remains the default licence for the re-use of public sector information including Crown copyright.
The key changes are:
- the introduction of the Non-Commercial Government Licence;
- Guidance on developing licences where charges are made;
- Updated policy on licensing software and source codes;
- Clarification of ownership and issues relating to third party rights.
The UKGLF 2.0 also provides an effective licensing framework that will enable the UK government to comply with European licensing requirements for spatial and geographic data under the INSPIRE Directive.
The introduction of a Non-Commercial Government Licence is controversially discussed within the PSI re-user community. According to this article of The Guardian Jo Ellis, information policy manager at the National Archives, said the organisation was also exploring the controversial issue of charging for information.
"We're providing some quite extensive guidance on what would go into licences where there will be a need for charges to be made, which is a controversial subject," she explained. "We've produced some best practice for what might go into such a licence if it were needed and the OGL wasn't applicable."
In the official Press Release Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives said: "The developments to the licensing framework are central to supporting government's emerging policy on transparency and open data. It's now more comprehensive, covers more public sector information and can flexibly incorporate new licensing options as they become available. The sum of our efforts means that more public sector information will become open for re-use, enhancing democracy and potentially benefitting the UK's economy."
More Information about the UK Government Licensing Framework
The UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF) provides a policy and legal overview for licensing the re-use of public sector information, both in central government and the wider public sector.
It sets out best practice, standardises the licensing principles for government information, and recommends the use of the Open Government Licence (OGL) for public sector information.
The UK Government Licensing Framework and Open Government Licence form part of the Government's drive to open up access to publicly held information, promoting transparency and enabling wider economic and social gain.
- The Framework Find out about the UK Government Licensing Framework, which provides an overview for licensing the re-use of public sector information both in central government and the wider public sector.
- Open Government Licence The Open Government Licence is a simple set of terms and conditions to enable the free re-use of government and public sector information.
- What the Open Government Licence covers Discover the scope of the Open Government Licence (OGL), with examples of the types of information to which it applies and can be applied.
- Non-Commercial Government Licence A simple set of terms and conditions to enable the free re-use of government and public sector information for non-commercial purposes.
- Guidance and FAQs Read our guidance and instructions for central government and the wider public sector on implementing the Open Government Licence (OGL).