Northern Ireland has received a ‘No’ on the ‘Is the data openly licensed/in public domain?’ question under review, as the reviewer comments:
‘The link to the license includes a paragraph saying “CH does not make public information, including the Free Data Product, available under the Open Government Licence (OGL).”’
Despite this, I think that the dataset does have open status. This is the evidence (a Freedom of Information response) that I believe the reviewer was referring to: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/free_company_data_third_party_in#incoming-557695. That states that there is no open licence for the data. However, the evidence also states:
CH places no restriction on how the information is used, but advises all customers to take their own legal advice regarding possible breach of third party copyright.
The question guidance states:
‘Answer also “Yes” if there is no open licence, but a statement that the dataset is in “public domain”. To count as public domain the dataset must not be protected by copyright, patents or similar restrictions.’ (This is a distinction that was wrought out with Open Definition 2.1).
Therefore, in line with the question guidance in that it can be considered public domain and I submit that the dataset can therefore be considered to be open in this regard.
For an excellent (and for me, illuminating) discussion of this, Owen Boswarva discusses these issues, and this dataset in particular.
I think it is also worth pointing out that exactly the same dataset was submitted for Great Britain’s entry (the Free Company Data Product covers both Northern Ireland and Great Britain) and did receive a ‘Yes’ for the question. At the very least there should be consistency with regards scores for the same dataset.