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.