Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share.
Under Irish law, Public Sector data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. This licence lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon data, even commercially, as long as they credit the originator for the original creation. Creative Commons (which is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to building a globally-accessible public commons of knowledge and culture) recommends CC-BY for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials. Under the CC-BY Licence, users must acknowledge the source of the Information in their product or application.
Usually the data has been licensed by its Public Sector publisher ‘as is’. This means that the information provider and/or licensor in each case denies all liabilities in relation to the data, is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for any loss, injury or damage of any kind caused by its use. Nor do public information providers guarantee the continued supply of the data. Benefacts makes it available on the same terms.
Last updated 21 May 2020
At the end of July the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) wrote to say that they would provide no further funding for Benefacts after our current funding agreement expires on 31st December.
According to Minister Michael McGrath’s officials, the project “has met its initial policy rationale of assisting the development of a market for data on the nonprofit sector by stimulating demand from public bodies for such data”.
Despite our strenuous representations, DPER officials reconfirmed earlier this week that “this Department will not be providing further grants to Benefacts in 2021 following the expiration of the current Funding Agreement”. Accordingly the Board had no choice but to commence arrangements for winding up the company and terminating contracts including those with our 20 staff (15 full-time equivalents).