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Proposal for a revision of the directive on public Sector information

27 april 2018

The European Commission adopted a proposal for a revision of the directive on public Sector information (ISP), which was presented as part of a package of measures designed to facilitate the creation of a common area of data in the Eu.

In the european Union, the public sector is one of the most prolific in terms of data. The re-use of open data can contribute, inter alia, the growth of the european economy, development of artificial intelligence and addressing social challenges.

On 25 april 2018, the commission adopted a Proposal for a revision of the directive on public Sector information (ISP) (Opens in new window) as part of a set of actions to facilitate the creation of a common area of data in the union. This review also fulfils the obligation to review set out in article 13 of the directive.

The proposal is the result of a broad public consultation process, an assessment of the present directive of ISP and an impact assessment. This proposal received a positive view of the The regulatory council of Scrutiny (Opens in new window) .

The existing context and to overcome barriers

The proposal seeks to overcome the barriers that still impede the reuse of public sector information that, according to the impact assessment, includes the following:

  • The data generated by public services and the transport sector had enormous potential for reuse. However, entities active in these sectors are not covered by the Directive of ISP (Opens in new window) although many of them are funded wholly or partly with public money. The same is true for research data resulting from the public funding.
  • Dynamic data are one of the types of data commercially valuable, as can be used for products and services that provide information in real time applications, such as travel and transport; However it is not often the provision of access to real-time dynamic data held by public sector agencies, for example, using programming interfaces (APIS).
  • A number of public sector agencies continue to take well above what is needed to cover costs of reproduction and dissemination for the reuse of data on the public sector. Such positions are a barrier of the market for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES). To Get Rid of the charges often result in increased demand for data on the public sector, which translates into more innovation, more business growth and, ultimately, increased budget revenues (through taxation) for the public sector;
  • Holders of public data sometimes agree with the private sector to obtain a surplus value of your data. This creates a risk that the public sector data accumulate, the benefit of big business and therefore limits the number of potential users of data in question.

Objectives of the revised directive

Broadly speaking, the proposed changes are:

  • Reducing barriers to entry to the market, in particular for smes, limiting exceptions which allow public agencies charge for the reuse of your data more than marginal costs of dissemination.
  • Improving the availability of data, including new types of data public and publicly funded within the scope of the directive, such as public enterprises of the sectors of public services and transport and research data resulting from the public funding.
  • To minimize the risk of excessive advantage for the first player, which for the benefit of big business and therefore limits the number of potential users of data in question, to require a process more transparent in the development of público-privados data.
  • Increase trade opportunities promoting dynamic data through application programming interfaces (APIS).

The proposal is now under discussion with the european parliament and the council.

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Main findings of the revision of the european directive on reuse of public Information

  • Open government