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Non-legislative measures to facilitate re-use

The European Commission works to overcome the barriers limiting the re-use of public sector information also through non-legislative measures.

In addition to EU legislation, the Commission also:

  • engages with Member States experts in the Public Sector Information expert group (PSI Group);
  • funds an Open Data incubator assisting small and medium-sized entreprises in building sustainable business ideas on the basis of Open Data;
  • funds the ePSIplatform, a comprehensive web platform with news on European PSI developments, good practices, examples of new products, services, and legal cases around PSI re-use;
  • funded the Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information (LAPSI) - thematic network of lawyers specialising on PSI re-use, including academics and practitioners; find the full collection of their deliverables on this page;
  • commissioned studies on the following issues:
  • developed an Open Data Portal for its own documents and a pan-European digital service infrastructure aggregating content of existing open data portals inside the EU. Find more information;
  • contributed to the G8 process on opening up government information, also for re-use, leading to the adoption of a G8 Open Data Charter. Read how the EU intends to implement the principles of the G8 Open Data Charter.
Last updated on 11/01/2016 - 16:11


Marta Nagy-rothengass's picture
How do European countries use open data? Who are the trend setters? And what impact does open data have on our economy & society? Our latest report looked at Open Data Maturity and Readiness.
Roberto Viola's picture
Roberto VIOLA
On both sides of the Atlantic, we are in regular dialogues. These are important, but what we also need is more collaboration and joint efforts. Collaboration brings scale, standards, and progress.
Beatrice Covassi's picture
Beatrice COVASSI
We have all heard of the importance of "open" data, data that is published and made available to be re-used by others with as few restrictions as possible. But how can we access it?
Nikolaos Isaris's picture
Nikolaos ISARIS
"Citadel on the Move" offers an online platform which allows citizens to use Open Data provided by their cities to develop mobile applications
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