The European Data Portal (EDP) initiative does research on current topics related to open data and publishes the findings, for example, in form of analytical reports. The analytical report no 11 focuses on the challenges of PSI re-use in the public sector and gives recommendations on how to support and realise successful PSI re-use in the public sector. We thank the research participants, who substantially enriched, challenged and shaped our research and the findings by participating in the interviews and the workshop on PSI re-use in the public sector.
Abstract of the analytical report no 11: PSI re-use in the public sector
The public sector generates and stores valuable information in form of data. When made open, the data is available to anyone for re-use, including public organisations themselves. Re-using the data helps to develop insight, services or products. Thereby public organisations can improve the efficiency of internal processes, service delivery and data-driven decision making, which supports better policies and therefore positively affects society.
The Directive on Public Sector Information (PSI) defines which government-held data should be re-usable and under what conditions. It entails requirements on who must publish PSI and how to select and publish it. Since the introduction and implementation of the PSI Directive, more Public Sector Information has been published by government institutions. Over the years, research such as the European Data Portal’s “Open Data Maturity Report" has shown that governments across Europe started acknowledging the need to open up more data to make it available for re-use.
Although there are more and more datasets open, public organisations are not yet exploiting the benefits of their re-use. The report identifies barriers, discusses solutions and concludes with eight actionable recommendations for successful PSI re-use in the public sector.
Figure 6 Supporting PSI re-use in the public sector
Three categories of barriers
Based on interviews and a remote workshop with our research participants, we identified three categories of barriers to PSI re-use in the public sector.
A common root cause of barriers to PSI re-use is a lack of knowledge exchange and insufficient management of processes and capabilities.
Solutions to overcome the barriers
In our research, we reviewed and discussed solutions for successful PSI re-use and formulated three main approaches to overcome the barriers in the public sector.
A set of eight steps on how to become a successful PSI re-user in the public sector concludes the report. The first three steps are:
Read the analytical report no 11 to explore all eight recommended steps and to gain further insight into the assessment and evaluation of the barriers and solution for successful PSI re-use in the public sector.
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