Brussels, 17 July 2014
Commission encourages re-use of public sector data
Today, the European Commission is publishing guidelines to help Member States benefit from the revised Directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive). These guidelines explain for example how to give access to weather data, traffic data, property asset data and maps. Open data can be used as the basis for innovative value-added services and products, such as mobile apps, which encourage investment in data-driven sectors. The guidelines published today are based on a detailed consultation and cover issues such as:
European Commission Vice President @NeelieKroesEU said: "This guidance will help all of us benefit from the wealth of information public bodies hold. Opening and re-using this data will lead to many new businesses and convenient services."
An independent report carried out by the consultants McKinsey in 2013 claimed that open data re-use could boost the global economy hugely; and a 2013 Spanish study found that commercial re-users in Spain could employ around 10,000 people and reach a business volume of €900 million.
PSI guidelines were prepared on the basis of contributions to a Public Consultation in autumn 2013 and following recommendations by a dedicated expert group (PSI Group). These guidelines should assist Member States in transposing the revised PSI Directive into national legislation by the July 2015 deadline.
By contributing to the opening up of public sector datasets, this initiative complements the recently announced EU actions aiming at building up a data-driven economy, including funding under the Connecting Europe Facility.
Opening up public sector information (PSI) for re-use may bring major socio-economic benefits, provided the right policy and regulatory framework is in place. In December 2011, the Commission adopted a package of measures including the recently adopted Directive 2013/37/EU amending Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information.
The importance of PSI re-use has since then been recognised worldwide, including by the G8 countries, as witnessed by the signature of a G8 Open Data Charter.
These guidelines were prepared on the basis of contributions to an online consultation followed by a public hearing and a meeting of a Member States expert group on PSI.