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Provide PSI at zero charge


The problem

In order to unlock the maximum commercial and non-commercial potential of public sector information, organisations should strive to publish as much data for re-use as possible at no charge. As a result, commercial products and services developed will have lower cost, increasing their viability and lowering the barrier for their access to the public. At the same time, zero charges facilitate non-commercial re-uses that otherwise would not have been possible.

The solution

How to open up data, Open Data Handbook: This resource argues that if the cost of collecting and maintaining a dataset is already being absorbed by the private sector, the additional cost of sending the data to a third-party is aproximately nothing. Therefore re-users should be charged nothing.

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