Open Data – licensing

The Open Data Initiative was launched by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin T.D., in July 2014. This Initiative highlights Open Data as having a powerful role to play in the Public Service Reform agenda.  It is also prioritised as part of the recently published ICT Strategy for the Public Service.

As part of this Initiative, the Minister published a consultation document on Open Data Licences on 11 February 2015. This consultation document considers a number of options for an Open Data licence for use in Ireland, to help ensure interoperability with other datasets internationally and to help facilitate use and re-use by ensuring continuity of Open Data availability.

The paper also outlined a number of issues requiring further consultation and analysis. The full text of the consultation paper is available here.

Submissions have been analysed and will inform the licence element of the Technical Framework for Open Data. The draft Technical Framework will be issued for public consultation in May 2015.

Submissions Received:

Office of the Attorney General

Wikimedia Community Ireland

Michael Larkin (Openstreetmap contributor)

Open Knowledge Ireland (Mr Denis Parfenov and Dr Ingo Keck)

Ms Flora Fleischer

Digital Repository of Ireland


Ordnance Survey Ireland

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources/GSI

Fingal County Council

UCD Library

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Programmable City (NUI Maynooth)

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Open Data – licensing