We thought those interested in public access to government data would be interested in this document put together by the Australia Bureau of Statistics, Informing the Nation – Open Access to Statistical Information in Australia. It was written as a submission to the Conference of European Statisticians run by the United Nations Statistical Commission and the Economic Commission for Europe in March this year.

It provides a great explanation of the history of their decision to make their main data resources available free for reuse by the public, which culminated in them applying a CC Attribution licence to their website in late 2008. It includes the details of their pricing policies, how they filtered their documents before release and their implementation strategy. But most importantly from our point of view, it provides an explanation of their reasons for using CC licensing, including an analysis of the appropriateness of the licences for government data and the value they can add to public resources.

Enjoy!