This from NSW this week about RailCorp's threats to a Sydney software developer of legal action if he failed to withdraw an iPhone and iPod Touch compatible application that lets users search timetable information for services on Sydney's railway system. The application is currently the second most popular application in its category in Apple's App Store.
This from Victoria last month about the Department of Sustainability and Environment refusal to provide data on fires on public land to Google Australia to allow real -time overlays on Google Maps. The Country Fire Authority had provided information for this purpose on fires on private land. And what about the nearest loo?
"The bushfire situation wasn't the first time Google has crossed swords with Crown copyright. The company had similar problems recently when it asked the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging for access to the data in the National Public Toilet Map, which it sought to offer as an overlay to Google Maps."In October 2006 I commented:
"Access to government information continues to be an important accountability issue but in this day and age, access to such information to enable use and reuse to promote social and economic advancement, should also be recognised in our right to information law."We're yet to get there anywhere in Australia as far as I'm aware.