In a Guardian article by Charles Arthur the recent decision by Natural Resources Canada to release maps and other data free from the Geogratis portal is definately an example the UK should follow. Well done Canada.
The DCMS have decided to opt out of the Pan Goverment Agreement signed with Ordenance Survey, so for the 24 Hour Museum this has meant that we have been unable to go live with maps for all our institutions that were built with a licence granted to us when the DCMS were opted in. Now the facility is dormant and we no longer have access to data that has been collected with public money to use in a charitable context on a website that is funded with public money for the public good. Crazy … but enough ranting.
The Guardian has been following this for a long while with its excellent Free our Data campaign