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OpenAIRE Factsheet: Public Sector Information - Open Data Directive

Margoni, Thomas

The 2019 PSI – Open Data Directive represents the latest major upgrade of the PSI legislation in the EU. It amends previous PSI directives which first introduced a regulatory framework for Public Sector Information establishing the principle of reuse by default. With the 2019 revision Public Sector Bodies covered by the Directive can now benefit from a more comprehensive set of rules that regulate the reuse of data and information that they hold. The PSI – Open Data Directive poses an even stronger requirement on reuse by default, expands the type of PSB covered and, very importantly for Open Science, establishes the principle that research data resulting from publicly funded research must be Open Access by default.

What is the PSI? PSI Stands for Public Sector Information and has been a directive since 2003 in order to regulate use of public sector information and to encourage as much public sector to be openly available. In 2017 it changed to the Open Data Directive which provides a common legal framework for government held data.

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