The European Commission has launched a public consultation in view of reviewing the directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive). The PSI directive looks at the accessibility and re-use of public and publicly funded data, and is exploring the issue of privately held data which are of public interest.
The Directive 2003/98/EC (revised by Directive 2013/37/EU (PSI Directive) in July 2013) encourages Member States to make as much material held by public sector bodies available for re-use as possible to foster transparency, data-based innovation and fair competition.
The questions of this online consultation cover both the evaluation of the current Directive implementation and the problems, objectives and possible options for the future.
NEMO has responded to the consultation, highlighting the need for additional human, financial, technical knowledge and funding for museums to be able to fulfill the requests to make their material available online. It also draws the attention to the fact that in many cases copyright uncertainties prevent museums from making accessible their material. NEMO also argues for a distinction that should be made between the free re-use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
NEMO encourages its members and the museums in Europe to respond to the directive until 12 December 2017.
See NEMO's answers to the consultation here.