Copyright and licensing
The New Zealand Government open access and licensing framework — known as NZGOAL — provides guidance about releasing copyright and non-copyright material for re-use by others.
NZGOAL standardises the licensing of government copyright works for release and re-use using Creative Commons licences. It recommends clear 'no known rights' statements for non-copyright material.
There is a software extension (NZGOAL-SE) for licensing and releasing copyright software works under free and open source software licences.
The NZGOAL framework sets out:
- a series of open licensing principles for copyright works
- a series of open access principles for non-copyright material
- a review and release process to guide agencies through the review of government copyright works and other non-copyright material they think should be released for re-use.
The government is committed to actively releasing high value public data for re-use through the:
There is significant social, economic and democratic potential within some of the information and datasets owned by agencies:
- Individuals, non-profit and commercial organisations can leverage this material for creative, cultural and economic growth, improved environmental sustainability, greater productivity, and the wider public benefit.
- Experts and others can contribute to improved policy development and more efficient financial performance by government through being able to access and provide feedback on this material.