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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.


26th March

09:30-09:40 - Welcome,
Professor Ian Angell (London School of Economics)

09:40-10:00 - Keynote:
Tom Watson MP (Minister for Digital Engagement and Civil Service Issues), The government view: progress so far

10:00-11:30 - Social and economic value of public sector material

11:30-12:00 - Coffee

12:00-13:30 - Getting the rights right: law and policy

13:30-14:30 - Lunch

14:30-16:00 - Getting the right tools for the job: technology and communities

16:00-16:30 - Coffee

16:30-18:00 - Discussion and statement

27th March

09:30-10:00 - Keynote:
Richard Owens, WIPO, WIPO and Access to Content: The Development Agenda and the Public Domain

10:00-11:30 - Public sector content and cultural heritage institutions

11:30-12:00 - Coffee

12:00-13:30 - Discussion and statement
  • Facilitated by Prodromos Tsiavos (LSE + ENCORE)

13:30-14:30 - Lunch

14:30-18:00 - COMMUNIA Working Groups

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