We’re pleased to announce that a new report on access to information and open government data is open for consultation! From the announcement:

Access Info Europe and the Open Knowledge Foundation, in collaboration with the Open Society Institute Information Program, are holding a public consultation on open government data and the right of access to information.

This consultation is based on a new report “Beyond Access: Open Government Data and the ‘Right to Reuse'” produced as a result of research into the open government data and access to information movements. The report identifies the practical, technical and legal challenges facing these movements. The report is based on discussions with activists about the main issues to be address in the next couple of years, questions such as whether a right of access is linked to a “right to reuse” the data received.

You can download the full report here:

Consultation: we would like to hear your comments on the “Beyond Access” report.

  • Did we miss any important initiatives?
  • Are there issues we should include?
  • Are you doing something you’d like us to capture in the report?
  • Do you agree with our findings and recommendations?

There are three ways to make comments:

  1. Fill in our questionnaire on the report by clicking here.
  2. Make comments on the individual paragraphs at WritetoReply.org/beyondaccess
  3. Write to us at

Consultation closes on Monday 11 October 2010

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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.