PSI Directive

In 2003, the EU adopted the Directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive). It introduced a common legislative framework regulating how public sector bodies should make their information available for re-use in order to remove barriers such as discriminatory practices, monopoly markets and a lack of transparency.

In 2013, the EU 28 Member States formally approved the European Commission’s new rulebook on the re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI). The new PSI Directive will improve upon the original 2003 format.

The New PSI Directive:

  • Creates a genuine right to re-use public information; all public data not covered by one of the exceptions will become re-usable.
  • Massively expands the reach of the Directive to include libraries, museums and archives.
  • Establishes that public sector bodies can charge at maximum the marginal cost for reproduction, provision and dissemination of the information.
  • Obliges public sector bodies to be more transparent about the charging rules and conditions they apply.
  • Encourages the availability of Governmental Data in machine-readable and open formats.
  • Introduces new rules on digitization agreements, which will support public private partnerships while protecting the cultural sector institutions and the interests of the general public.