Those interested in open access to public sector information (PSI) will be pleased to see that the Government Information Licensing Framework project (GILF to their friends) have launched their own website.

The GILF project is without question the Australian leader in researching, advocating and implementing open access to government information. They were born from research conducted by the Queensland Spatial Information Council, and were behind the switch to Creative Commons Attribution as the default licence for all the material on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website late last year.

Now they are looking to further promote the benefits that encouraging the use and re-use of PSI can provide for the Australian community, in terms of innovation, creativity and economic growth.

From the GILF website:

The Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF) makes it easy for people who use public sector information (PSI) to understand the rights of use associated with PSI material.

GILF comprises a simple open content licensing framework, designed to assist in the management of government intellectual property, and encourage the use of PSI through increased availability and accessibility.

GILF encourages custodians to think more broadly about the potential users of PSI and contains guidelines for agencies preparing information for publication or distribution. In turn, it enables customers to understand how they can re-use PSI in a legally appropriate way.

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