|European Union directive|
|Title||Directive on the re-use of public sector information|
|Made by||European Parliament & Council|
|Made under||Art. 95|
|Journal reference||L345, 2003-12-31, pp. 90-96|
|Came into force||2003-12-31|
|Commission proposal||C365 E, 2000-12-19, p. 223|
|EESC opinion||C85, 2003-04-08, p. 25|
|Amended by||Directive (EU)2019/1024 on open data and the re-use of public sector information|
Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information, known as the PSI Directive, now called Open Data Directive, is an EU directive that encourages EU member states to make as much public sector information available for re-use as possible. Previous to the creation of this directive, this area was left to member states to regulate. This directive provides a common legislative framework for this area.
The Directive is an attempt to remove barriers that hinder the re-use of public sector information throughout the Union.
The ePSIplus web portal (which has since been renamed "ePSIplatform") was set up as a result of this directive.
The PSI Directive was amended again in 2019, becoming the Open Data Directive (Directive (EU)2019/1024 on open data and the re-use of public sector information), which entered into force on 16 July 2019. Member states have until 16July 2021 to transpose the new directive into national law.
This section needs to be updated.May 2020)(
Note: this section is based on the earlier PSI Directive from 2003. The scope of the new PSI Directive published in 2019 includes libraries and archives, among several other changes.
"Public sector information" includes " any content whatever its medium (written on paper or stored in electronic form or as a sound, visual or audiovisual recording)" when produced by a public sector body within its mandate. However the directive explicitly excluded a number of cases, including:
(d) documents held by public service broadcasters and their subsidiaries, and by other bodies or their subsidiaries for the fulfilment of a public service broadcasting remit;
(e) documents held by educational and research establishments, such as schools, universities, archives, libraries and research facilities including, where relevant, organisations established for the transfer of research results;
(f) documents held by cultural establishments, such as museums, libraries, archives, orchestras, operas, ballets and theatres.