Access to public sector information: Law, technology and policy

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On the back of the growing capacity of networked digital information technologies to process and visualise large amounts of information in a timely, efficient and user-driven manner we have seen an increasing demand for better access to and re-use of public sector information (PSI). The story is not a new one. Share knowledge and together we can do great things; limit access and we reduce the potential for opportunity.

The two volumes of this book seek to explain and analyse this global shift in the way we manage public sector information. In doing so they collect and present papers, reports and submissions on the topic by leading authors and institutions from across the world. These in turn provide people tasked with mapping out and implementing information policy with reference material and practical guidance.

Volume 1 draws together papers on the topic by policymakers, academics and practitioners while Volume 2 presents a selection of the key reports and submissions that have been published over the last few years.

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9781920899394(Vol. 1) 9781920899509 (Vol. 2) Copyright 2010 Individual authors and Sydney University Press. Published versions. Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21 and 23 of this book are licensed by the respective authors under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution 3.0 Australia licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/). Chapter 3 is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0 unported licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Chapter 6 is licensed by the New Zealand State Services Commission under a CC Attribution 3.0 NZ licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/nz/). Chapter 13 is licensed under a CC Attribution NoDerivativeWorks 3.0 Australia licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/au/). Chapter 19 is also available at http://www.gilf.gov.au/resources-gilf-stage-2-report and is licensed under a CC Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 Australia licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/au/). Chapter 24 is also available at http://www.innovation.gov.au/innovationreview/Pages/home.aspx under a CC Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivativeWorks 2.5 Australia licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/). Chapter 26 is also available at http://www.weather.gov/sp/Borders_report.pdf. It is a United States Government work. Chapter 27 is also available at http://www.diird.vic.gov.au/diird-projects/access-to-public-sector-information under a CC Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivativeWorks 2.5 Australia licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/). Chapter 28 is licensed under a CC Attribution 2.5 Australia licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/).