Talis announced a platform for public data (28th March 2009): Talis Connected Commons (thanks Leigh for the hint). This is specially interesting because this platform is more than a data store, it is a semantic data store offering data in triple format (RDF) and services accompanying these triples like a SPARQL query, support for uploading the data and a license model.
‘The Talis Connected Commons scheme is intended to directly support the publishing and reuse of Linked Data in the public domain by removing the costs associated with those activities.
… This means that data set providers will not incur any of the commercial costs normally associated with hosting data on the Talis Platform. In addition neither the data set provider or its users will incur any usage charges relating to the use of the Platform services made available on that data.
The scheme is intended to support a wide range of different forms of data publishing. For example … disemination of public domain data from a variety of different charitable, public sector or volunteer organizations…
For qualifying data sets, Talis will provide, through the Talis Platform:
* Free hosting of up to 50 million RDF triples and 10Gb of content
* Access to data access services that operate on that data, including data retrieval and text search
* Free access to a public SPARQL endpoint for each dataset.’
The data are to be published under the Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License or the recently launched Creative Commons CC0 license. ‘ Anyone will then be able to freely access the stored data using the Platform services, without API keys and without usage limits.’