This is a very interesting action to open government data (found through the great PoI task force blog). An internal government office acts to make information held by other offices open.
“How it works:
- You describe the public sector information asset you want unlocked for re-use, and post a request to
the service. We’ll check through your request and if it’s OK (e.g. not a request under access legislation) we will add it here. You need to know that the information is potentially accessible and that no Freedom of Information exemption applies.
- Others can see your request and support it, either by adding a comment or by voting. The more support a request has, the better the chances of unlocking the information you want to re-use.
- We’ll contact the public sector information holder and see what can be done to unlock the information for re-use. To keep things simple, if the problem relates to an issue specifically covered by the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations or the Information Fair Trader Scheme, we’ll treat it accordingly – so you won’t need to make a separate complaint.”
See here for more details. Not only a great initiative – but explained in plain English.
Of course, that is happening in the UK.