European Commission (2014)
|European Commission (2014)|
|Title:||Guidelines on Recommended Standard Licences, Datasets and Charging for the Reuse of Documents|
|Citation:||Guidelines on Recommended Standard Licences, Datasets and Charging for the Reuse of Documents, European Commission 2014/C 240/01, available at http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/document.cfm?action=display&doc_id=6421.|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||These recommendations are based a survey of 304 interested PSI re-users and analyses the feedback received in the period between 30.08.2013 and 22.11.2013, as a part of a public consultation on the future Commission guidelines on recommended standard licensing, datasets and charging for the re-use of public sector information.
In addition to the online survey, the consultation exercise included a public hearing open to all interested parties and a meeting of the Public Sector Information Group composed of the representatives of all EU Member States, held on 25-26th of November 2013 at the Commission's premises in Luxembourg. The reports from those meetings are available on the Commission's web pages.
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|Cross Country Study?:||Yes|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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Opening up public sector information (PSI) for re-use brings major socioeconomic benefits. Data generated by the public sector can be used as raw material for innovative value-added services and products which boost the economy by creating new jobs and encouraging investment in data-driven sectors. They also play a role in increasing government accountability and transparency. These benefits have recently been recognised by the G8 leaders and enshrined in an Open Data Charter.
Yet, studies conducted on behalf of the European Commission show that industry and citizens still face difficul ties in finding and re-using it. In response, in December 2011 the Commission adopted a package of measures (2) to overcome barriers to re-use and reduce the fragmentation of data markets. The key element was the recently adopted Directive 2013/37/EU amending Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information.
The amended Directive calls on the Commission to help the Member States implement the new rules by issuing guidelines on recommended standard licences, datasets and charging for the re-use of documents. The guide lines are an important element of the Commission’s efforts to help the EU’s economy to generate more value from data (including scientific data and ‘big data’ from other sources than the public sector). They will also facilitate the roll-out of open data infrastructures under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
In August 2013, the Commission launched an online consultation followed by a public hearing and a meeting of a Member States expert group on PSI. The aim was to gather the views of all interested parties on the scope and content of the future Commission guidelines. The purpose of this Commission Notice is to provide non-binding guidance on the best practices within the three subject areas of particular relevance for the re-use of public sector information in Europe.
Main Results of the Study
The feedback received shows an increasing trend towards a more open and interoperable licensing system in Europe and agreement on the need for the speedy release of several high-value datasets. With regard to charging, it is clear that a wide range of approaches are in operation, but the newly introduced pricing principles were not called into question by the majority of respondents. The PSI re-use market in Europe is still under development and that guidance on the key elements of the recently revised Directive is urgently needed if full advantage is to be taken of the commercial and non-commercial opportunities offered by the re-use of public data.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
Key recommendations on standard licences, licensing provisions, data release, and charging are laid out in this report for policy guidance.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||PSI re-users|
|Period of material under study:||2013|