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In the course of their daily activity, the public Sector creates, collects and sends a large amount of data and information necessary for the development of their functions. This information is that could be reused by citizens and businesses with commercial purposes or not, in order to promote transparency, efficiency, civic participation and economic development. The digitization of information provided that this flow and processed quickly, allowing citizens and businesses add value to data reusable (in English, open data) from the public Sector , generating new business, applications and services, allowing the emergence of a new business sector: Infomediario sector .

The European Commission developed in 1998 the green paper on public Sector information in the information society, which was called attention to the need to improve synergies between the public and private sectors in the market information. Just five years later, his proposals inspired the Directive 2003 / 98 / CE the European Parliament and of the board of 17 November 2003, on the reuse of public sector information, which established a set of minimum standards and homogeneous criteria for the treatment of information that could be reused by natural or legal persons.

In Spain was adopted on 4 November 2005 the Moving Plan to foster technological convergence with Europa, which includes since its inception boost reuse of public sector information between companies and professionals in the digital content industry. Subsequently, the Directive 2003 / 98 / CE moved to the Spanish legal system with the Law 37 / 2007, of 16 November, reuse of public sector information , providing a regulatory framework for this activity for all the Spanish public administrations. The central axis of this provision was discretionary authorisation reuse of public information, ensuring equal conditions upon request.

These principles are those that in 2009 encouraged the memorandum on transparency and open government of Barak Obama, which led to the creation of the portal (Opens in new window) , great reference sector global . Simultaneously, Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt drove into the kingdom Joined the initiative (Opens in new window) .

In 2009 was launched in Spain the Project Brings , with the aim of creating the conditions for the development of the market of the reuse of public sector information as well as giving support for administrative units in the necessary technical and organisational to publish, in accordance with current legislation and the most friendly to reuse, the information access not restricted reflecting. Among its action lines included the creation and enrichment of permanent Catalogue of Reusable Public Information housed in the portal (Opens in new window) , which is since then the meeting point of the reusable public information available from different government agencies national, regional and local levels. This portal is linked to the European Portal open data (Opens in new window) , which collects metadata from public sector information available in data portals of public access the different European countries.

The Project Provides part of awareness-raising measures and dissemination of law 37 / 2007, of 16 November, reuse of public sector information that were collected in Strategy Plan 2011-2015 Moves 2 in line with the Digital Agenda for Europe . Also of these measures arose the Royal Decree 1495 / 2011 of 24 October, which develops the law 37 / 2007 of 16 November, on the reuse of public sector information for the public sector state, within a framework of free competition. The adoption in 2013 Digital Agenda for Spain , to comply with the objectives of the European Digital Agenda in 2020, continued to promote the initiative (Opens in new window) .

For its part, the European Commission launched Directive 2013 / 37 / UE the European Parliament and advice, 26 June 2013, amending Directive 2003 / 98 / CE concerning the reuse of public sector information. Consequently, the executive English adopted Law 18 / 2015 , of the 9 July, amending the law 37 / 2007 of 16 November, on the reuse of public sector information and, currently, the royal decree 1495 / 2011 is in the process of change. The main news of the legislative change are required to authorize the reuse of documents, except for the exceptions in the applicable regulations and, in particular, those relating to the protection of personal data; the use of open formats and machine-readable; building open licenses; and the clarification of calculating rates and transparency.

Currently, the initiative (Opens in new window) – in constant growth - is the European leader with 152 initiatives, 35 of the state administration, 17 administrations, 91 of Local Administrations and 7 universities; is the open data initiative better prepared and more mature (Opens in new window) of the European Union, according to monitoring indicators made by the European authority.

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