Latest Licencing Forum minutes published

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UK Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) has published the latest set of minutes for the Licensing Forum.

The Licensing Forum was established in 2004 and meets approximately quarterly. The chair of the forum rotates amongst its public sector members. Amongst other items the forum shares information on licensing and considers the implications for PSI re-use.

The minutes recently published are for the Licensing Forum’s meeting held on the 19th September 2006 at the new offices of the UK Met Office in Exeter. There were three presentations (speakers) at the meeting which where the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) and the UK Patent Office.

CoPSO is a trade body for the Property Industry and section 3 of the minutes summarises the presentation and the subsequent discussion and a number of interesting comments have been recorded which include amongst others:

• the property industry has seen little benefit from the PSI Regulations 2005; • the impact of the power of the monopoly public sector information holders; • the property industry feel that the licenses are too legalistic and need to be simplified; (The need for standard licences) • the differences between England and Wales compared to Scotland; • the property industry expressed some doubt as to whether the OPSI complaints procedure would persuade local government to change; • the cost of undertaking judicial reviews.

The minutes are well worth perusing as they provide an insight into how public sector bodies view licensing and the exploitation of the public sector information that they hold.

Christopher Corbin ePSIplus Anal