We are progressing broadly towards an open access outcome ultimately not only in relation to geospatial (ie mapping) information (much of which in Queensland resides in the Department of Natural Resources and Water) but all types of information and data created and held by government departments and agencies.
At the same time, governments clearly need to be careful about issues such as confidentiality, privacy and certain legislative restrictions.
We think at present that about 15% or so of public sector information (PSI) is affected by these limitations but this leaves the vast bulk available for potential use in combination with open content licences such as CC licences.
Pretty awesome! Can’t wait to see how it progresses.
#2: DBpedia has announced the release of their 3.0 downloads. DBpedia claims that it “is a community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and to make this information available on the Web. DBpedia allows you to ask sophisticated queries against Wikipedia and to link other datasets on the Web to Wikipedia data.”
#3: WMF has released its finance report for 2006-2007.
Was going to mention Women Who Tech but it’s not quite my topic. :) Although they are having a session on women in open source.
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