The UK Open Government Licence version 3.0 (OGL) has gone live. This follows consultation with users and other stakeholders in the open data community on how the OGL could be developed further to reflect new thinking on the licensing of public sector information. The OGL is part of the UK Government Licensing Framework which was launched in 2010. The OGL permits the use and re-use of a wide range of government and other public sector information. This supports the government’s policy on transparency and open data.
The basic terms and conditions of the OGL 3.0 remain the same as the previous version. It continues to:
- permit use and re-use of information in any format for both commercial and non-commercial purposes without charge
- require re-users to publish an acknowledgment of the source of the information
- exclude personal information from the licence
- be compatible with other licensing models, such as Creative Commons, and is Open Definition conformant
The main change is to the wording of the requirement to publish an attribution statement. This makes it clear that re-users must include any statements specified by information providers at all times, even when they are using information from a number of different sources.