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FOI request for OS to publish study delivered: the clock is ticking..

Thanks to whatdotheyknow – the very public site where you can make Freedom of Information requests, assisted by MySociety (which previously brought you theyworkforyou and publicwhip, which track what Parliamentarians do in their work) – we have now filed our FOI request for the publication of the study that led OS to conclude that free data models don’t work.

The page is at http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/request_for_publication_of_study and the request – which has to be answered by June 23 – is as follows:

On May 12 2009 Sir Rob Margetts, chairman of OS, said in a public
speech that “We did, with outside help, a review of equivalent
organisations around the world” in determining the effects of a
free-data model, mixed model or private model on OS’s future
strategy.

I request the publication of all parts of the review that do not
contain commercial-in-confidence data, and the separate publication
of a full version of the review with commercial-in-confidence data
redacted.

Very much looking forward to this.

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