Big news from the Australian Federal Government on the issue of access to public sector information (PSI).
CCau followers will remember the Government 2.0 Taskforce report released in December last year, which gave Creative Commons a very big tick as the licensing model of choice for Australian PSI. The Federal Government’s official response to the report was released yesterday and is generally positive, with the Federal Government agreeing (at least substantially) to 12 of the 13 recommendations to come out of the report.
The response, which was released by the Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner via the Australian Government Information Office (AGIMO) blog, includes a commitment to the development of a comprehensive set of IP guidelines covering all Australian Federal agencies developed by the new Information Commissioner. These guidelines will, in principle, follow the Gov 2.0 recommendations that PSI should:
be by default free, open, and reusable;
be released as quickly as possible;
only be withheld where there is a legal obligation preventing its release;
be discoverable and accessible by a central government portal; and
when it becomes available for public access under the Archives Act 1983, will be automatically licensed under an appropriate open attribution licence.