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If you run a hyperlocal, or you’re interested in #opendata, e-mail your MP about this

That this House calls on the Government to ensure that transport timetables for rail and bus operators are made freely available for re-use, using an open standards format, thus enabling voluntary and commercial organisations to publish the data on their own digital platforms.

This Early Day Motion (EDM) asks parliament to promote the release of bus and train timetables in a format that could easily be consumed by others, including hyperlocals, bloggers and government sites. This should lead to more, better tools for accessing public travel information. Please write to your MP now to ask that they sign EDM 2197.

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Court ruling could be good news for hyperlocal

Newsquest says the High Court judgement clarifies for the first time that newspaper websites hosting user-generated content are, subject to certain conditions, protected from liability. (holdthefrontpage)

This is potentially very good for hyperlocals and community bloggers who are hosting comments. It suggests that we do have protection from defamatory statements. However, it’s still not crystal clear as this article specifically refers to newspaper web sites. Something a hyperlocal alliance could work towards clarifying?

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