UK Guardian Newspaper Free Our Data (FOD) Campaign

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UK Guardian Newspaper Free Our Data (FOD) Campaign

The Guardian newspaper launched the Free Our Data Campaign on the 9th March 2006

The Guardian newspaper, which was founded in 1821, is a daily newspaper published each morning Monday to Saturday in the UK. An electronic version of the news paper is published simultaneously.

The Guardian Technology supplement initiated a campaign on the 9th March 2006 to:

Free Our Data: Make taxpayers' data available to them

The campaign objectives can be found on the home page of the Free Our Data web site

The Free Our Data campaign articles appear each Thursday in the Technology section of the Guardian newspaper which is simultaneously published on the Guardians web site within the technology section.The Thursday printed Guardian Technology supplement ended on the 17 December 2009 after 26 years of publication.

The first anniversary of the campaign took place on the 8th March 2007, the second anniversary on the 8th March 2008, the third on the 8th March 2009 and the fourth on the 11th March 2010. The campaign is now in its fifth year.

A report covering the four years titled:

Public Sector Information PSI Media watch - UK Guardian: Free Our Data campaign Years 1 to 4 (2006-2010) ( )

contains an index to the articles published within the Guardian newspaper during the first three years of their campaign, as well as a list of the topics placed on the Freedom Our Data blog. The report also includes other summary statistics and graphs.

The Guardian Free Our Data campaign also co-sponsored a debating session that took place at The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) within central London on the 17th July 2006. The transcript of the debate has been published on the RSA web site and is also available here.


Page last updated: 10 March 2010