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Consultation on guidelines on recommended standard licences, datasets and charging for the re-use of public sector information

The revision of the PSI Directive is one of the key actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe. Governments can stimulate content markets by making public sector information available on transparent, effective and non-discriminatory terms. As demonstrated by a number of studies analysing the sector (e.g. the 2008 Cambridge Study or the 2011 review by G. Vickery), public data is an important source of growth of innovative online services.

The reuse of public information resources has been partly harmonised by the PSI Directive adopted in 2003 which has recently been revised in order to address the remaining barriers to reuse. Indeed, difficulties and uncertainties surrounding compliance with the licensing and charging provisions were identified as one of the main obstacles to PSI reuse as they curb both the release of data by public bodies and the actual reuse.

The revised Directive calls on the European Commission to assist the Member States in implementing the Directive in a consistent way by issuing guidelines on

  • recommended standard licenses,
  • datasets to be released/improved as a matter of priority and
  • charging for the reuse of documents.

The objective of the consultation is therefore to seek the views of stakeholders on specific issues to be addressed in the 3 sets of guidelines.

View the questionnaire:

Period of consultation:

 Twelve weeks, from 30/08/2013 up to 22/11/2013

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