Thursday, September 30, 2010
#UK Open Government License
The news is good. It is even great. The question is: "now what? " It is not a Creative Commons license. It does have all the things that you find in the CC-by-sa license with some extra bits.
These extra bits make sense in a way; you are not to pretend that your use of the data has the approval of the UK government. You are also not allowed to mislead others or misrepresent the information or its source. The problem is, that spinning data is what governments and politicians do. I do believe that when a "misrepresentation" is truly problematic, the law does allow for legal sanctions.
The question is: will UK governmental data licensed in this way be usable in Wikipedia.