2011 and so to our fourth ‘project plan post’ on the delightful subject of licensing.
The underlying philosophy behind the approach to licensing in GECO is quite simple – make things as open, reusable, free from restrictions and domain agnostic as is practicable.
That said, it is recognized that under certain circumstances this is aspirational and it is just not always possible to live up to the democratic ideal. For example, in cases where there is licensed 3rd party content or viral licenses impose their own commutative restrictions. Derived data issues around Ordnance Survey data spring to mind.
Anyhow, the basic tenet is one which GECO aspires to and the funded 15/10 projects are all expected to pay more than lip service to the philosophy ion order that public monies benefit the broadest audience – a sort Benthamesque Utilitarianism in the field of open data and services.
In practice, we will aim to use something like the Open Database License or Creative Commons to ensure that we aim for Bentham’s “greatest felicity principle“.