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Three challenges the reuse of information in the public sector and how they can be overcome

07 march 2019

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Enhance the experience of the citizens, to promote collective intelligence and social participation or predictive analysis of trends and social needs, are some of the benefits of the reuse of the public sector information by the administration itself, but there are many more.

Despite these benefits, and that the european public agencies increasingly provide more information in open, has not yet reached the full potential in reutilization by part of the public sector. In order to identify the barriers behind this event, European Data Portal (Opens in new window) just place a new study based on a series of interviews and workshops with experts in this area. The conclusions are reflected in the report Analytical report 11: Re-use of ISPS in the public sector (Opens in new window) .

Obstacles to the reuse of isps in the public sector

The report consolidated barriers to the reuse of isps in the public sector in three groups:

  • Gap between supply and demand in the publication of PSI: one of the major challenges when reuse public sector information is the availability of data, not because of their amount but by its lack of alignment with the interests of re-users, owing to a lack of communication between providers and users. In Addition, the data published did not always have the necessary quality, among other things, by the lack of updating and between different countries, which makes their reuse is inefficient and costly. This results in a lack of confidence in re-users with regard to public data open.

  • Knowledge on the availability and the benefits of PSI: there is a widespread lack of knowledge on reuse of public information and its benefits in the administration. The publication of data in open is considered more a duty that an opportunity, and possible reuse is more focused on private companies to the administration itself. Benefits such as improving transparency, reputation, reliability and trust are considered side effects of the publication, rather than potential benefits of recycling.

  • Inadequate management capabilities: More than advanced IT - which it may be necessary for some posts and project s, but not for all - the main barrier is the lack of attitude and general knowledge on the reuse of public information. for example, terms and conditions of the different licenses, to know to configure a team to integrate the different capacities necessary or find funds, are some of the skills that are not always present when you start a project of reuse. in addition, there is a lack of leadership and coordination, with a large number of professionals working in silos, thus making it difficult to share best practices.

Three solutions to overcome these obstacles

To overcome these barriers, the European Data Portal proposes three different solutions:

  • Create a culture of sharing of data: most importantly, they would enable and encourage communication to avoid the gap between the supply by suppliers and the demands of users with regard to availability, quality, documentation and publication. The establishment of a community (Opens in new window) where you can share knowledge and resources or the creation of bilateral agreements between reutilizadores and suppliers, are some of the mechanisms that can help to foster the culture of sharing of data. In addition, it is important that the public authorities to adopt the directive PSI, which includes guiding principles can help to promote the reuse, for example, the use of common standards among the countries of the european Union.

  • Enable to re-users of isps in the public sector: To raise awareness about the advantages of reuse of public information within administrations is necessary to create a sound strategy of communication. This should focus on the specific needs of the public sector and how the reuse of public information could help to overcome specific challenges. It is also important to initiate programmes of training or certification that will help to acquire the knowledge necessary to begin a project of reuse of public information.

  • Establish an effective organization for the reuse of PSI: so that the benefits of this process, the ideal is to establish an ecosystem that breeds and supporting the development of competences. This includes the acquisition of talent with specific skills to the respective roles, to implement a technical infrastructure and implement the necessary tools.

It should be noted, lastly, that the EDP establishes a set of recommendations in his report to become a successful reutilizador of PSI as are the use of learning resources, the dissemination of ideas within the organization or open data as being an integral part of the cases of business, among others.

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