IFTS principles

To join the scheme, a chief executive makes a personal commitment to information fair trading. The wording of the commitment is based on these six core principles.

Maximisation

An obligation to allow others to re-use information. The default position should be that information can be re-used unless there are strong reasons (for example personal information) not to allow re-use.

Simplicity

Simple processes, policies and licences.

Innovation

Public sector information holders actively remove obstacles to re-use, and facilitate the development of new and innovative forms of re-use.

Transparency

Transparency of the terms of re-use, including licence terms, where used. There should also be transparency about charges and the details of what information is available for re-use.

Fairness

All re-users must be treated in a non-discriminatory way for same for the same type of re-use. Public sector information holders should not use their market power to compete unfairly by virtue of having produced the information.

Challenge

A robust complaints process to reconsider licensing decisions. The process should include appropriate references to The National Archives, which will investigate any complaints that the public sector information holder cannot resolve to the customer’s satisfaction.