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Trading Funds report will be released with the budget… and…

We’ve heard from an impeccable source that the trading funds report will be released on budget day. We’re not sure which of them is the bad news that’s being buried by the other…

But what we have heard is that its recommendations will be encouraging about the idea of making raw data available for re-use at marginal cost – and that it’s thought that won’t have an effect on their efficiency. A suggestion like that will probably not delight Ordnance Survey, which has resisted the suggestion that it ever does anything in a raw-vs-processed way.

More once we get our hands properly on the report. But to keep you warm, here’s a quote from the conclusion: “Any of the major pricing policies considered in this report can be implemented without adverse effects on the efficiency and performance of the trading fund affected.” 

 

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