Nick Holmes 51licensing model for public sector information was introduced at the same time: theOpen Government Licence.
Unfortunately, there are insufficient government resources to maintain an up-to-date, consolidated statute book, as public sector information consultant ShaneO’Neill observed:
The lack of up-to-date consolidation – no fault of the Legislation.gov.uk team whohave laboured valiantly on their Sisyphean task – must be a concern to those whoharboured greater ambitions (not least government and judiciary). It leaves access toan up-to-date and consolidated statute book in the hands of those who have investedin and deliver highly exclusive legal information services.
The legislation.gov.uk service is delivered by The National Archives (of which OPSI ispart). John Sheridan describes the development in some detail in an earlier post onthe Cornell VoxPopuLII site
We had two objectives with legislation.gov.uk: to deliver a high quality public servicefor people who need to consult, cite, and use legislation on the Web; and to exposethe UK’s Statute Book as data, for people to take, use, and re-use for whateverpurpose or application they wish.
There’s more about the technical project and the people behind it from JeniTennison, technical lead and main developer (at TSO), on her blog.
Sheridan is also on the expert panel of technologists advising the governmenton making public sector information more open and accessible on the web, aninitiative which led to the development of data.gov.uk,
which currently providesaccess to over 5,600 central government datasets.
UK case law
Unfortunately, the public provision of case law in the UK is woefully inadequate, and we have to rely on the efforts of the charitable BAILII to collate and deliver anythingapproaching a comprehensive collection of recent judgments. BAILII does a grand job in the circumstances, but, through no fault on its part, it is not comprehensiveand it is not open. The various courts all publish their judgments in their ownfashion, with no consistency of approach; in fact the High Court of England and Wales does not publish its own judgments at all, but passes selected handed-down judgments to BAILII (and others) to publish. To make matters worse, our right toaccess this case law is far from clear. There is some argument whether judges arepublic servants or not and hence whether their judgments are public sector
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