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August 22, 2013

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Mark Pierce

If the private sector saw a benefit in publishing open data, you can be sure that they would have done so already, offering better indexing, a variety of formats and better response... like they've done with OSM.

All the same, the government has the obligation to transparently provide the data that we paid for. Don't look to find them an out to return to the bad old days.

Olivier Amprimo

The pricing decision is a key element, but Open is not free for sure.
I have not followed the implementation of Open Data in Australia, but I have paid closed attention to the work of the British government.
Their Open Data policy consisted in refraiming copyright, evaluating pricing (full, marginal, ...) and defining standards for doucuments (pdf,csv,...). The recommendation at the time was marginal cost based pricing that is probably similar to your point on iTunes.

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