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Brief talk given at the Unlocking IP 2009 conference

Brief talk given at the Unlocking IP 2009 conference

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  • 1. OpenAustralia.org’s experience with Open-source and content - a tiny case study Matthew Landauer Founder / Developer twitter: @matthewlandauer email: matthew@openaustralia.org Unlocking IP 2009
  • 2. What is OpenAustralia? • Website to make it easier for the general public to follow what their elected representatives are up to
  • 3. A feature taster • Read debates • “Digitial Dossier” for Representatives / Senators • Email alerts • RSS feeds • Powerful / Easy to use searching
  • 4. Who runs OpenAustralia? • Volunteers • Non-partisan
  • 5. Everything is open-source
  • 6. Based on TheyWorkForYou.com
  • 7. twfy code BSD licensed
  • 8. Our parser Affero GPL
  • 9. What about the content we use?
  • 10. Content • Photos • Hansard • Hand collected information about Representatives / Senators • Register of Interests
  • 11. Hansard • “Copyright Commonwealth of Australia” • First request to Commonwealth Copyright Administration beginning of Dec 2007 • No response • Tried again in Jan 2008 • 10 Jan: copyright belongs with Australian Parliament House
  • 12. Hansard • 13 Feb: Parliamentary Web Manager, Parliament House, passes request to “web content” section. • 18 Mar: “ You do not require permission to reproduce Hansard extracts, as the Hansard report is considered to be public domain material”
  • 13. Register of Interests for Senators and Representatives • financial interests • stocks and shares held • gifts received over a certain value, and • memberships of Clubs and Associations
  • 14. Register of Interests for Senators and Representatives • No clue what the copyright / licensing situation is despite numerous requests