We’re pleased to announce that Talis launched their [Connected Commons](http://blogs.talis.com/n2/cc) for open data at [OKCon 2009](http://www.okfn.org/okcon) on Saturday!
> The Talis Connected Commons scheme is intended to directly support the publishing and reuse of Linked Data in the public domain by removing the costs associated with those activities.
> The scheme is intended to support a wide range of different forms of data publishing. For example scientific researchers seeking to share their research data; dissemination of public domain data from a variety of different charitable, public sector or volunteer organizations; open data enthusiasts compiling data sets to be shared with the web community.
Specifically, they are offering (for datasets under the [PDDL](http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/pddl/1.0/) or [CC0](http://wiki.creativecommons.org/CC0)):
* Free hosting of up to 50 million RDF triples and 10Gb of content,
* Access to data access services that operate on that data, including data retrieval and text search,
* Free access to a public SPARQL endpoint for each dataset.
For more information you can see:
* [Talis Connected Commons](http://blogs.talis.com/n2/cc)
* [Leigh Dodds’ blog post](http://www.ldodds.com/blog/archives/000342.html)
* [Panlibus blog post](http://blogs.talis.com/panlibus/archives/2009/03/free-hosting-for-open-data.php)
We were also pleased to notice in their [FAQ](http://blogs.talis.com/n2/cc-faq):
> We will also be encouraging dataset owners to register the data with [CKAN](http://www.ckan.net/) â€” the [Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network](http://www.ckan.net/), this will provide another route for open data hackers to find the data.
Great news for open data, and for those looking for hosting and services to do things with it!