License Verification Link
October 25, 2011
by Christopher Gutteridge
A helpful chap named Glyn, from http://data.linkedgov.org/ pointed out that it’s hard to verify that the council really gave us permission to republish their bus data under the license we claim.
As a really simple and cheap solution to this, all pages on our site using this data, eg. http://data.southampton.ac.uk/bus-stop/HA030013.html now have a link at the bottom with the following text:
The important part is the ROMANSE project have provided a nice simple license verification page on their site at http://www.romanse.org.uk/sotonshared.htm which allows a 3rd party to verify in seconds that we’re telling the truth and are in agreement with the data provider. The above link is a page which just reads:
Southampton ROMANSE shared data
The ROMANSE Data on Bus Stops, Bus Routes and Live Bus Times is available via the University of Southampton Open Data Service http://data.southampton.ac.uk/bus-routes.html, Under the Open Government License http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open%2Dgovernment%2Dlicence/
I suggest that republishing someone else’s data, with permission, this is a good practice to establish and much cheaper than any other alternative.