I was recently asked to write a piece for Berlin-based think tank Das Progressive Zentrum on public interest information policy in Germany:
- Wem gehÃ¶rt das Wissen? Informationspolitik in Deutschland (Shorter German version)
- Public Interest Information Policy in Germany (Longer English version)
The piece finishes with three policy suggestions:
- Support legislation as well as licensing and pricing policies that support public re-usability of Public Sector Information. The creation of a national register of PSI assets, and the commissioning of a country-wide and cross-sector report would help to inform appropriate activity in this area.
- Support mandates for open access to publicly funded research. These should target higher education institutions, as well as funding bodies and umbrella organisations.
- Keep the public domain in the public domain. Encourage publicly funded cultural heritage institutions to allow digital copies of their holdings to be re-used by the public. Encourage the adoption of intellectual property law and policy that takes account of public interest, as well as private interests.
Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at jonathangray.org and he tweets at @jwyg.