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Open data licence and code of conduct
All of the open data on this website (unless otherwise stated) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
The following code of conduct has been derived from the Central Government Datastore guidance on open data usage.
The data is provided to you the developers for you to develop applications which will make the world a better place, providing more or improved utility for the general public based on public sector datasets. We are here to help you do the great things we know you're itching to do, but, as part of this being a trusted space in which we work together, there are some basic rules.
You are encouraged to:
- Where we provide live sources for the datasets please use these as your primary data source, where possible - much of the data provided is dynamic and fluid (although in many cases over an annual or longer period of time), and basing your application on the keys in the data we are providing will ensure that your application is as up to date as possible
- Where using our data feeds, please if possible cache the data over a short period of time to reduce load both on your application and our servers
- Where you cannot use our live sources as the primary data source, please still use the keys contained within the data as the primary or foreign keys within your application, as this will enable you to migrate as simply as possible to up-to-date data and information when it is made available
- Where using your own long-term caches of our data, please refresh the data within your application in a timely manner when a new set of the data is made available
- Engage with us when something's wrong - point out any inconsistencies in the data you find, make suggestions about how to improve the service, request new data sources to be added, and tell us about what you have built so we can help you to promote it
- Refer back to and cite the origin or source of the data when using it
- Clearly state where possible about which data is derived from official sources, which is from other sources, and which data is from any calculation within or outwith your application
You must not:
- Make an application that pretends to be an official government service
- Present the data in a misleading or incorrect manner or to misrepresent or change the data
- Use this site for party political purposes, as the site paid for with public money so it is not appropriate to engage in party-political activity here
- Use these materials in or to support a criminal or illicit activity
- Use these materials on an application to inflame or make comments that are racist, sexist or homophobic, or which promote or incite violence and illegal activity
This page was last updated on 01 September 2010.
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