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Communia 2009 Conference Breakout Session IV

Session G and session H will be held in parallel at 10:45.

- Breakout Session G

  • Chair and Discussant: B. Coriat

Communia 2009 Conference Breakout Session III

Session E and session F will be held in parallel at 16:00.

- Breakout Session E- Life science research commons - design requirements and policy proposals

Communia 2009 Conference Breakout Session II

Session C and session D will be held in parallel at 14:00.

- Breakout Session C Scientific research commons - experiences and critical appraisal

Communia 2009 Conference Breakout Session I

Session A and session B will be held in parallel at 11:00.

- Breakout Session A

  • Chair and Discussant: R. Stankiewicz

5th Communia Workshop: papers and presentations

London School of Economics Accessing, Using, Reusing Public Sector Content and Data

The 5th COMMUNIA workshop, co-organised on 26-27 March by the Open Knowledge Foundation and London School of Economics, focused on how we can unlock the huge potential of public sector material. It also examined the current obstacles to doing this -- legal, technological and social -- as well as how they can be overcome. In particular, much of the value of public sector material can only be realized if it is reused and interlinked -- both activities that are currently difficult for a variety of legal and technological reasons.

Across the world there is a growing recognition of the social and commercial value of public sector content and data: be that the text of laws, the holdings of public museums, or the geospatial and environmental information collected by government agencies. Moreover, it is likely that better access to and use of such information is central to improving governance and increasing democratic participation. Therefore, the event focused around the claim that, wherever possible: Public sector content and data should be made available, both legally and technically, for public re-use.

A range of presentations and policy recommendations from researchers, policy-makers, stakeholders and representatives from Europe, the United States and Australia is available from the download section and by clicking on the presentations titles in the agenda below. Policy recommendations and abstracts are also available as two separated downloadable documents and a full report can be accessed here.

Making the most of statistical data


Simon Field, Office for National Statistics

ONS disseminates hundreds of statistical datasets every year for public consumption.

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PSI: State control or Public freedom?


Michael Nicholson, PSI Alliance + APPSI

The internet has irreversibly changed the scope of demand for PSI and the opportunities for its constructive re-use.


Economics of Public Sector Information


Rufus Pollock, University of Cambridge

Information is of ever increasing importance commercially and socially. The production and distribution of information within the knowledge economy are major issues.

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Governments and databases


Jamie Love, Knowledge Ecology International

This talk will focus on (1) the transparency of international trade and knowledge governance negotiations, briefly, and more generally, the role of (2) government decisions about what data to collect,

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