Single EU Open Data License Campaign

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Petition to add EU license to PSI Directive.

Spanish open data community member Andrés Nin has started a petition calling for a single European open government data license. The call has seen uptake within the open data community across Europe.

As the PSI Directive is currently under review, with the proposals presented last December, the petition hopes to put a single open data license on the agenda for the discussions of the PSI Directive review.

Various EU Member States have created national legal provisions or policies concerning licensing (such as the UK, France, Spain and the Netherlands), but in practice a wide variety of re-use conditions remains across Europe.

The petition calls upon the EC to propose and adopt a EU wide open data license for all public sector bodies, and by doing that help create a single European market for data re-use. The European data license would be part of the revised PSI Directive, and include a deadline for adoption by all Member States.

You can sign the petition on-line. In his blog Andrés Nin chronicles the petition campaign. On Twitter discussion and reactions can be found using the hashtag #1OdatalicenseEU.

What do you think? What practical pros and cons do you see? Will this help you as PSI re-user? Leave your comments below!