This document is the first produced by the European Commission in the field of reuse of public sector information.

Written in 1989, it describes already the potential resulting from the combination of information from a variety of government sources in view of producing and distributing information products oriented to the needs of the market. It calls for "a positive initiative [...] from governments, to encourage the use and exploitation of public sector data and information" so that an information industry could be developed and strengthened.

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