In June, two seminars on the implementation of the European 'Directive 2003/98/EC on the Re-use of Public Sector Information' (i.e. the PSI Directive) will be organised in the Netherlands. This Directive was revised in June 2013 and the amendments should be transposed into national law before July. The seminars are open to anyone working for the Dutch government who has to deal with the PSI Directive and wants to know more about its implementation.
The PSI Directive encourages governments to make available for re-use as much public sector information as is reasonably possible. That way, data generated and collected by governments can be re-used by companies to feed and create digital content products and services, and facilitate learning and insight by citizens. The Directive provides a framework to stimulate the internal market and to do so without disturbing competition.
Two years ago, the original Directive was amended by Directive 2013/37/EU to cover developments in open government data and cultural heritage information. With regard to the latter, the Directive now also includes documents held by (university) libraries, museums and archives for which governments hold intellectual property rights.
The seminars are organised by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) and Europa Decentraal, the Dutch knowledge centre for queries concerning European law and legislation for decentralised governments. The sessions will focus on how to implement the PSI Directive within the constraints set by existing legislation on information access, privacy protection, copyright and competition. Other topics include the current state of Dutch law on implementing the PSI Directive and current developments in open data.