Launch of – Declaration on Open Data in France

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](, Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](**

Several key open data organisations in France – including [Regards Citoyens](, [Creative Commons France]( and [Veni Vidi Libri]( – have clubbed together to draft a [Declaration on Open Data in France](


The declaration emphasises the importance of a legal and licensing strategy which means that French public datasets are made **freely available for re-use for any purpose** (as per [](

This comes at an important juncture, while the French Government is still **busy working out the legal and technical details for the new initiative**.

A recent speech from Séverin Naudet (of at the European Digital Agenda Assembly last week gave strong, **explicit support for minimising restrictions and maximising the reusability** of French public datasets, recognising the **wide variety of social and economic benefits that fully open data can deliver**.

But there is no doubt **plenty more work to be done to convince key stakeholders** both inside and outside the French government. We hope the new declaration will feed into the process of figuring out a legal strategy for opening up France’s data!

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