[OKFN-EN] Public Sector Information reuse - consultation

Laura James laura.james at okfn.org
Mon Sep 29 08:56:52 UTC 2014

*Hi everyone, There is an open consultation around how the UK will
implement a Directive about reuse of Public Sector Information (PSI).
Here's what it's
about:This would bring the amended Directive into law in the UK. The
amended directive makes a number of changes to the existing provision for
reuse of PSI, the main ones being to:*

   - *make public sector bodies allow the reuse of existing and generally
   accessible documents they create, collect or hold. The effect of this is to
   make permitting reuse mandatory in most cases*
   - *extend the PSI directive’s scope to cover PSI held by public sector
   museums, libraries (including university libraries) and archives where they
   allow their information to be made available for reuse*
   - *introduce the principle that charges for reuse should be set at
   marginal cost, with exceptions in certain circumstances*
   - *introduce a means of redress operated by an impartial review body
   with the power to make binding decisions on public sector bodies*

*The consultation seeks views about aspects of the last 2 of these changes.*

*Some folks are concerned that it's a backward step. Specifically, an ODI
post on the topic says "The government is considering changing existing
processes that enable some public bodies to charge for the re-use of PSI.
It is also proposing the introduction of a tribunal to make rulings on
complaints about re-use legally binding." *
You can get involved by making suggestions or signing the ODI's response,
or of course submitting your own!


*Consultation: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-implementation-of-directive-201337eu-on-the-reuse-of-public-sector-information
post about consultation:
response: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16i_1xm7CrMy46tohL1UicxOAgQzfG2XPu7Htf3tFALs/edit#heading=h.qjoy4d1ou3s3
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