View the OGL or find details on the re-use of information under the licence below.

To license information under the OGL, public bodies need to insert, in a prominent and noticeable location in or in the context of the information:

  • a clear statement indicating that the information is licensed under the Open Government Licence
  • the appropriate hyperlink to the Open Government Licence
  • the attribution statement you require users to cite in their products and applications, where these include your information

The Open Government Licence symbol

The National Archives has also developed, with help from the Government Digital Service, the OGL symbol as a simple way of identifying when information can be used and re-used. The OGL symbol shows users, at a glance, that information is covered by the OGL. Public sector bodies are therefore encouraged to use the OGL symbol on their websites and in publications wherever possible. Find further guidance on the use of the OGL symbol.

Copyright notices and statements for public sector bodies

The following statements offer examples how to apply the Open Government Licence to your information to:

Online information resources (including website statements)

© [Insert name of copyright and/or database right owner, if required]

This [insert name of information resource] is licensed under the Open Government Licence 2.0 [insert link and OGL symbol].

Print publications

This information is licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0. To view this licence, visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/2 [insert OGL symbol] or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU.

Any enquiries regarding this publication should be sent to: [information provider details].

Copyright notices and statements for Crown bodies

The following statements offer examples how to apply the Open Government Licence to your information to:

Online information resources (including website notices)

© Crown copyright [and/or database right, where applicable], [insert year in which the website was established or last amended].

You may use and re-use the information featured on this website (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence v2.0 [insert OGL symbol]. We encourage users to establish hypertext links to this website.  

Any email enquiries regarding the use and re-use of this information resource should be sent to: psi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

Print publications

© Crown copyright [insert year of publication]   You may re-use this document/publication (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence v2.0. To view this licence visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence [insert OGL symbol]; or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU; or email: psi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.  

This document/publication is also available on our website at [insert address]  

Any enquiries regarding this document/publication should be sent to us at [insert contact details]

Hyperlinks to the Open Government Licence

It is helpful to tell search engines, like Google, that the link to the Open Government Licence is to a licence, and not a general link. There is a special way to do this in HTML, by using the rel="license" attribute. This will flag up with web crawlers and other internet users using automated systems that the information is subject to a licence with particular terms and conditions which can be found by following the link.

Where, possible, information providers should point to the permanent identifier for the Open Government Licence by embedding the following link:

<a href="http://reference.data.gov.uk/id/open-government-licence" rel="license">Open Government Licence</a>

Alternatively, where information providers do not use the rel="license" attribute, they can put in a simple hyperlink:

<a href=http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/2">Open Government Licence</a>

Specifying attribution statements

The OGL requires that users attribute the information provider and source of the information they use. Where you require a specific form of attribution, you should include a statement with the above copyright notices, such as the following example:  

When you use this information under the Open Government Licence, you should include the following attribution: [Insert name of information resource, information provider and/or rights owner, date of publication], licensed under the Open Government Licence [insert link].