Terms and Licensing


Terms & Conditions

All data provided by the Lincolnshire Open Data portal is done so in good faith. Every effort is made to ensure that the information shown is accurate.

Although security measures are in place to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of material on the site, Lincolnshire County Council accepts no responsibility for alteration, manipulation or interpretation of the material once placed on the World Wide Web (WWW).

Lincolnshire County Council reserves the right to remove or amend any data without prior notice.

The Lincolnshire Open Data portal uses anti-virus and Malware software to safeguard against any viruses being included in material viewed and downloaded from the site but does not accept liability for any loss or damage arising from any virus which may be present. Although every effort is made, Lincolnshire County Council cannot guarantee that the implemented safeguards will be 100% successful.

Statistics on this site incorporate measures to protect against the inadvertent disclosure of information relating specifically to an identified person, household or business. The material shall not be used to attempt to derive information relating specifically to an identified person, household or business, nor shall a claim be made that such information has been obtained or derived in accordance with the conditions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Links to external sites are provided for the user's convenience and inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement or approval by Lincolnshire County Council, or its partners, of the linked site, its operator or its content. We are not responsible for the content of any website outside of our site.

By registering as a user on the Lincolnshire Open Data portal we may occasionally be in contact for consultation purposes. For example, to gather feedback on the use of the Lincolnshire Open Data portal content and functionality to enable us to continually improve the service we offer.

If a user wishes to de-register from the Lincolnshire Open Data portal at any time, they should contact the Lincolnshire Open Data team at opendata@lincolnshire.gov.uk providing their username and asking to be removed from the system.

Failure to adhere to any of these terms and conditions may result in action being taken.


Licensing

Data published by the Lincolnshire County Council at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/opendata is open for the user to reuse within the parameters set by the licensing terms and conditions that relate to the individual datasets.

Most data is published under the UK Open Government Licence (OGL) meaning it can be used free of charge by individuals, businesses and other organisations. Upon accessing or "reusing" this licensed data a user will be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions of the UK Open Government Licence.

For further information on the UK Open Government Licence please go to the following link: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/ .

Use and reuse of Lincolnshire County Council data is subject to the user publishing the attribution statement and publishing a URL link to the OGL 3.0 licence:

"Contains public sector information licensed from the Lincolnshire County Council under the Open Government Licence v3.0."

Several other datasets, including datasets that include geographic data, are subject to their own licensing agreement. Please check the information published with each data set.


Accessibility

The Lincolnshire Open Data portal is committed to providing a service that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase accessibility and usability, and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

Please note however, the Open data portal is provided by a Third Party as a Service and that whilst we make every effort to make the site accessible we are bound by the limits of the provided platform. If a user has any difficulty in accessing information we will be happy to assist. Contact us at opendata@lincolnshire.gov.uk.


Privacy

This privacy notice tells a user what to expect when the Lincolnshire Open Data portal collects their information. It applies to the information we collect about:

  • People who visit our website
  • People who register on our website
  • Information in relation to data protection or freedom of information enquires
  • People who notify under the Data Protection Act
  • When someone visits www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/opendata we collect standard internet log information and details of visit patterns.

    We do this to find out such things as the number of visitors per day in a way that does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identity of any visitors. We will not associate any data gathered from the site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personal information through our portal, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect information and will explain what we intend to do with it.


    Use of Cookies

    Cookies are small text files that are placed on a user's computer by websites that a user visits. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website.

    Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them please go to the following link: https://www.gov.uk/help/cookies

    A user can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.

    For more information on the cookies this site uses please go to the following link: https://www.opendatani.gov.uk/cookies.


    Contact the Lincolnshire Open Data team

    Any questions or queries about any content or functionality of the Lincolnshire Open Data portal should be sent to opendata@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

    Where enquires are submitted to us, once the enquiry is dealt with the data is filed, in a secure location with restricted access or disposed of. We will only use the information supplied to us to deal with the enquiry and any subsequent issues and to check on the level of service we provide.


    Complaints

    When we receive a complaint from a person we will pass the information to Lincolnshire County Council Corporate Feedback Department. The details of complainants and any other individuals involved will be logged. We only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint and to check on the level of service we provide. We do compile and publish statistics showing information like the number of complaints we receive, but not in a form which identifies anyone.

    We keep personal information contained in the complaints file in line with our retention policy. Retention periods for records are set either by statutory legislation or by agreement with each department / directorate. It will be retained in a safe environment and access to it will be restricted according to the ‘need to know’ principle in line with Data Protection.