In June 2013, a revision of the Directive has been adopted by the Union legislator. Member States now have 2 years to transpose the provisions of the revised Directive into national law. But what does this mean?
The revised PSI Directive provides a good legal basis to open up more public data.
- A genuine right to reuse by making all content that can be accessed under national access to documents laws reusable
- Lowers the upper ceiling for charges on reuse applicable in standard cases to marginal costs, i.e. the costs incurred by the individual request for reuse (reproduction, provision and dissemination costs); exceptions are allowed in a limited set of cases
- Expands the scope of application of the Directive under certain conditions to certain cultural institutions such as libraries (including university libraries), museums and archives
- Reinforces the obligation to be transparent on conditions and on charges applied to reuse
- Invites Member State to make more documents available in machine-readable and open formats
These different elements are a good legal basis to move towards Open Data and even Linked Data. The Directive will need to be transposed into national law. As Belgium is a federal state and the PSI Directive covers public data from Federal state, Regions, and even Communities, a consistent transposition across these different levels is deemed appropriate.
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