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A selection of articles and blogs on digital publishing and public sector data issues 

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The law of unintended consequences

No one who has observed the public sector information space for a decade or more can fail to be excited by the present fervour and ferment of the Open Data movement.

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Google, Government & the Law

Advocates of Open Law have no more redoubtable champion than Carl Malamud the founder of publicresource.org – the California-based not for profit dedicated to work for the free publication of public sector legal information.

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Access v Re-use - a membrane fast dissolving

The news that a UK local authority has refused to release information  to a website on the grounds that automatic publication on the applicant’s website amounts to re-use poses an interesting challenge to existing legislation and assumptions (see story in Daily Telegraph)

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"Flipping" the landscape - game changing the model

We noted in Traditional publishing welcomes the iPad the game changing nature of the new platform arrival. And anyone who has been using the iPaD in its first few months will know how true this is – in our own case a recent family holiday being punctuated by family rows about access to the device leading to the implementation of a booking system and contemplation of a second device purchase!

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Professional Reflections

The man who invented the wheel - twice!

When the former Labour minister Jack Straw walked over to Sir Tim Berners Lee during the latter’s introduction to an awestruck UK Cabinet in June 2009 and said how honoured he was to meet the man who had invented the World Wide Web, he said: “It’s like meeting the man who invented the wheel”. Straw’s colleague’s cruel follow up: “And what was that like Jack?”  seems destined already  to become part of web folklore. 

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