Canberra one day, London the next
Yes folks, a few hours after I was seen in Canberra at the CeBit Gov2 Conference last week I was seen in London talking about PSI.
Having cancelled my trip to London to focus on report writing, I made a video with a few hours (and anxious moments) to spare and uploaded 53 Megs of PSI so that it could be downloaded in London, and it apparently got there and was played with nary a technical hitch.
I’m not a big fan of watching videos – because it’s so much quicker to read transcripts. Alas at this stage there is no transcript. So if you want to watch it, you can view it below.
The ideas I developed were:
- That opening up PSI is an extension of the principles of competition policy (which were about getting the market access to important infrastructure at marginal cost (OK well at average cost, but if the asset has already been built by the public sector, the optimal price is marginal cost.)
- The importance of serendipity and the according importance of licencing PSI in a way analogous to APIs for software, which is to say CC.
- A possible transition from where we are now with PSI 1.0 if I might call it that in which governments supply their data for further value adding towards a model in which the public provide more of that data (quoting the paper I quoted in the Inquiries 2.0 blog post).