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Accessing Public Sector Info

Submitted by donna on 31 July, 2008 - 13:39

The Parliament of Victoria's Economic Development and Infrastructure (EDI) Committee is conducting an inquiry to consider and report to Parliament on the potential application of open content and open source licensing to Victorian Government information.

Creative Contingencies has been invited to make a submission to the EDI Committee to express views on the Inquiry's term's of reference which are as follows... (emphasis mine).

[EDIT 25 Jun 2009:  Our EDIC-PSI Submission - PSI Final Report ]

[EDIT 6 Dec 2010: Government Response]

  Inquiry into Improving Access to Victorian Public Sector Information and Data

Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee Discussion Paper on IMPROVING ACCESS TO VICTORIAN PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION AND DATA

The Committee is asked to:

a) report on the potential economic benefits and costs to Victoria of maximising access to and use of Government information for commercial and/or non-commercial purposes, including consideration of:
i. public policy developments elsewhere in Australia and internationally; and
ii. the types of information that will provide the greatest potential benefit;
b) consider whether use of open source and open content licensing models, including Creative Commons, would enhance the discovery, access and use of Government information;
c) report on the use of information and communication technology to support discovery, access and use of Government information; and
d) identify likely risks, impediments and restrictions to open source and open content licensing of Government information, including impacts on and implications for any existing cost recovery arrangements.

EDIC is required to report to Parliament by 30 June 2009.

Download the Discussion Paper

The bibliography itself is interesting. Copied below and linked where possible for easy reference ;)

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The United Kingdom Report on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information 2008 http://www.opsi.gov.uk/advice/psi-regulations/uk-report-reusepsi-2008.pdf

Interesting. This is not mere access - but fundamentally about facilitating information re-use. The Euro parliament is also conducting a "Public Consultation - Review of the PSI Directive" http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/psi/docs/pdfs/online_cons...

What is PSI

  • Public Sector Information (PSI) are documents, databases and other information (meteorological information, digital maps, traffic data, etc.) produced, collected, stored, etc. by public sector bodies.

  • New information and communication technologies enable us to collect, store, combine, analyse, and disseminate information in a much more efficient, effective, user friendly and cheaper way.

  • The combination of high quality PSI and new information and communication technologies creates a multitude of opportunities in the area of exploitation of PSI (PDF file). 

Importance of PSI

The importance of PSI lies especially in its economic value.

The MEPSIR study estimates the overall market size for PSI in the EU from EUR 10 to EUR 48 billion, with a mean value around EUR 27 billion.

Public sector bodies produce considerable amounts of information. Much of the information they produce has the potential for re-use in the market place. It can be the basis for new, added value services and products.

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/psi/what_is_psi/index_en.htm