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IFTS re-verification of The Coal Authority
The Standards team is conducting an Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) verification of The Coal Authority in the week of 23 November 2015. Read the principles IFTS is based on. If re-users, current or potential, of Coal Authority information have any points they wish to flag in confidence for the assessment they are encouraged to email the team. Anonymous feedback will be passed to The Coal Authority as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.
ICO issues revised guidance on IP rights
Characteristics of a Register
The Government Digital Service (GDS) has been working on digital registers and is compiling a list of characteristics of Registers to assist this work. This recent GDS blog post presents the results to date and invites further comment.
C4K website launched
The Copyright for Knowledge (C4K) group has launched its website. C4K is ‘a cross-sectoral body which aims to work with government at both a UK and European level to achieve a balanced copyright regime in Europe.’
DVSA IFTS report published
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has been accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the verification of DVSA against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS members page.
Re-use of PSI Directive infringement procedures
The European Commission has sent letters to member states commencing formal infringement procedures against those that have not yet notified the the Commission of relevant national implementation measures. Further details are available from the Europa website.
NCTL accredited to IFTS online
CSSIW accredited to IFTS on-line
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has been accredited as a member of IFTS online for the non-commercial licensing of its widget which allows care providers who are registered with CSSIW to display summary information and links to published reports on their website. Information for all IFTS online members is available on our IFTS online page.
DEFRA to join IFTS
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is to join the Information Fair Trader Scheme as an IFTS online member, having completed the process to justify exception to Open Government Licensing for Crown copyright materials related to the safe levels of nutrients and fertilisers for different crops and soil types, such as the Fertiliser Manual (RB209). DEFRA completed a pilot application process intended for cases where use of the Open Government Licence is not appropriate, but where there will not be a charge for the licensed information. Further information about the exception to Open Government Licence process will be published by The National Archives in due course.
PHE IFTS report published
The report on the verification of Public Health England (PHE) against the IFTS principles has been published on our IFTS members page. PHE has not been accredited to IFTS at this time and will be reassessed in 6 months.
Scottish Parliament public task statement published
Archives public task statements published
Libraries public task statements published
Galleries public task statements published
Museums public task statements published
Template statement on the re-use of public sector information
Glossary of PSI and re-use terms
Information asset lists
Scope of the Re-use of PSI Regulations 2015
Guidance on public task statements