How can something that’s free for anyone to use be sustainably maintained?

Great question! To find answers to this question, we need more opportunities to ask it. In Open Referral, we ask: how should this data be open? 

If resource data is to be published in bulk for free, can premium real-time access via API require a fee? If the market won’t fully cover costs of its production in this way, should the government subsidize its production? Etc. We have outlined various models for answering this question in this whitepaper here.

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