The Open Definition sets out principles that define “openness” in relation to data and content.
It makes precise the meaning of “open” in the terms “open data” and “open content” and thereby ensures interoperability between different pools of open material
It can be summed up in the statement that:
“A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.”
From the Open Knowledge Foundation
Dr Rufus Pollock
Dr Rufus Pollock is a founder and director of the Open Knowledge Foundation and advises on open data to several governments, including the UK Government’s newly-created Public Sector Transparency Board. As a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and an Associate of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge, he has worked extensively on the social, legal, and technological issues related to the creation and sharing of knowledge. Dr Pollock will be speaking to governments and communities across Australia in August 2013.