Archive for December 14th, 2009

Canada Dragging Its Feet on Open Data Initiatives

Earlier this year, I wrote about the budding momentum behind governments making their data more readily available to the public for reuse.  Open data initiatives have generated dozens of commercial and non-commercial websites that add value to the government data. Some make the data more understandable by using interactive maps to provide visuals about where activities are taking place (e.g. government stimulus spending).  Others make the data more accessible by offering services to customize or deliver government information (e.g. postal codes to allow public interest groups to launch advocacy campaigns).

The crucial aspect behind these initiatives is that the government makes the data available in open formats free from restrictive licences so companies and civil society groups can create innovative websites, tools, and online services.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that last week the global open data movement received a big boost in three countries that is sure to leave Canadians wondering why their government has been so slow to move on this issue.

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EU Ratifies the WIPO Internet Treaties

The European Union has formally ratified the WIPO Internet treaties.  While critics of Canadian copyright law will no doubt use the move to argue that Canada has fallen behind on copyright reform, it is worth noting that: (1) Canada has twice introduced legislation designed to do the same; (2) the […]

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UK Launches Copyright Consultation on Exceptions

The UK has launched a new copyright consultation on exceptions.  The consultation notably recommends against a narrow format shifting exception, arguing instead that something far bigger is needed.  It states "we would however encourage the EU to look at options that benefit consumers, including the possibility of a broad exception […]

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NZ MP Raises Questions on ACTA

New Zealand Labour MP Clare Curran has raised questions about ACTA, noting "ACTA has the potential to have massive implications on New Zealand’s proposed copyright laws and how internet piracy is policed locally."

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December 14, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

Canada Dragging Its Feet on Open Data Initiatives

Appeared in the Toronto Star on December 14, 2009 as Canada Dragging Its Feet on Open Data Initiatives Earlier this year, I wrote about the budding momentum behind governments making their data more readily available to the public for reuse.  Open data initiatives have generated dozens of commercial and non-commercial […]

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