Re-use and licensing

These pages will help those using and re-using public sector information. There are details about the UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF) and the Open Government Licence (OGL).

The UKGLF applies to both central government and the wider public sector.

Find out more about the Open Government Licence and the non-commercial Government Licence 

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On behalf of the UK Government, The National Archives is working to transpose amendments to the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information into UK law. We have conducted an impact assessment and are running a consultation exercise from August to October 2014 to seek views on the proposals.

The UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF) provides a policy and legal overview of the arrangements for licensing the use and re-use of public sector information, both in central government and the wider public sector.

The Open Government Licence (OGL) is a simple set of terms and conditions that facilitates the re-use of a wide range of public sector information free of charge.

This guidance outlines the purpose of the Open Government Licence (OGL) and explains what public sector bodies need to do to offer their information and data under it.

The term 'public task' is used in the Regulations on the Re-use of Public Sector Information (2005) (PSI Regulations).

An exclusive agreement is where a public sector body grants an organisation sole right to re-use particular information.

The Licensing Forum is made up of a group of practitioners from across the public sector who are involved in licensing and copyright.