Monday, May 10, 2010

Public Research Data – Private Application Delivery

The state funds public research and makes it freely available. Private citizens ('businesses') can then package and use the data and make it commercially available (but everyone can access the core data-tables themselves for free). Google Earth is an example of this kind of freedom, as was my Labour Market website.

The same could work for the NZ governments scientific research into agriculture emissions – it could work for anything really.

Of course, how much income private individuals can earn from repackaging the data (adding 'value') is an open question. Probably not that much, but then much is probably too much. In a sense, having no part of the process patentable, makes whatever price is obtained from delivery fair, and where it isn't fair this unfairness can quickly be corrected by another using the data to develop their own application and compete.


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