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  1. 1. Free Our Data: a Technology Guardian campaign Technology: what will be important in 6-12 months, or is happening now and is being overlooked? What is the correct role of government today? Should it try to lower taxes or stimulate business? Who owns the data that government collects?
  2. 2. Free Our Data: a Technology Guardian campaign Aim: Make impersonal data collected by UK government organisations available for the cost of reproduction (for digital = 0) How could that benefit businesses?
  3. 3. A story: climbing Notice the water
  4. 4. A story: climbing Climbing’s a nice idea - but you need to know tide times or you’ll have a long and boring walk back otherwise you won’t take the risk of going - which means less revenue for the campsites, for local businesses, and so on
  5. 5. Government: good and bad Government is good at collecting data, especially where the market would not (e.g map data of remote areas — rarely visited but matter in emergencies or to small groups) Government is inefficient at using its data. Tide tables, map data, weather data and other information can be mixed together by people who know how to use it to create new sets of information - “mashups”.
  6. 6. The problem: licences Crown Copyright is designed to be restrictive: it was introduced with printing. Licences can be expensive; confusing (restrict use in a world where easy flow of data matters) and cause delay (they make what should be fast, slow). Without licensing and charging, there would be faster movement. We propose: no licences; no charges. Make up the difference from the tax revenues generated by new businesses and the expansion of existing ones.
  7. 7. What’s a trading fund? Central funding OS data Government Treasury departments Taxes OS data Surplus Local authorities Ordnance Survey OS data Spends Licence Private sector money payments companies making maps NB: generates no revenue
  8. 8. A better model Central funding OS data Government Treasury departments OS data Local authorities Ordnance Survey Taxes OS data Spends Private sector money No purple lines! companies making maps No red arrows!
  9. 9. Money’s being left on the table
  10. 10. Other countries have done it South Africa New Zealand Australia Denmark Canada United States Spain
  11. 11. And it actually costs money Last year, an economic study by private consultants found that confusing government policies were harming a business worth billions to the economy every year. Government agencies often use their limited funds to collect, manage and distribute the data. This drives some agencies to adopt pricing policies that ‘over-recover’ the cost of producing information,” says the report's author... ...David Hocking, chief executive of the Australian Spatial Information Business Association.
  12. 12. Generating wealth from free can be done The Global Positioning System (GPS) cost to install: $8.5bn cost to run: about $750m annually Revenues generated from GPS units, services etc: “global turnover for satellite navigation products in 2001 amounted to €15 billion and is expected to rise to €140 billion by 2015. In 2001 approximately 30% of the global revenues were generated in Europe.”
  13. 13. Paid-for creates economic friction A local authority may end up paying multiple times for data it has generated — meaning taxpayers pay 1: planning application site map from OS (£25) 2: local council pays for map base (payment to OS) 3: personal taxes (half of OS revenue is from tax) 4: OS and Post Office creates Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) from local authority data provided free 5: person checks application using postcode search: local authority charged per click (from local taxes)
  14. 14. Trading Funds aren’t efficient
  15. 15. Whose data? What is the correct role of government today? Stimulate the information economy. Should it try to lower taxes or stimulate business? Stimulate business. Who owns the data that government collects? We all do - we pay for government.
  16. 16. Free Our Data! http://www.freeourdata.org.uk/blog/ charles.arthur@gmail.com

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