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The Commission will review the PSI Directive, as indicated in the Digital Agenda for Europe, and will consider the possibility of an extended strategy for European PSI.

Indicator Status Evidence
Has the EC reviewed the PSI Directive? Yes The proposal amending the Directive 2003/98/EC on re-use of public sector information was submitted by the EC on 12.12.2011 ( The aim of the revision is to update the current provisions by: 1. Making it a general rule that all documents made accessible by public sector bodies can be re-used for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, unless protected by third party copyright; 2. Establishing the principle that public bodies should not be allowed to charge more than costs triggered by the individual request for data (marginal costs); in practice this means most data will be offered for free or virtually for free, unless duly justified. 3. Making it compulsory to provide data in commonly-used, machine-readable formats, to ensure data can be effectively re-used. 4. Introducing regulatory oversight to enforce these principles; 5. Massively expanding the reach of the Directive to include libraries, museums and archives for the first time The legislative process leading to the adoption of the Directive amending Directive 2003/98/EC is under way and is expected to be concluded early 2013.
Has the EC taken the decision whether the extended strategy for European PSI should be introduced? Yes The European Commission presented an Open Data Strategy for Europe in December 2011 ( The strategy is composed of three strands: 1. opening its vaults of information to the public by updating the rules of re-use of its own documents and offering them for free through a new data portal; 2. granting €100 million in 2011-2013 to fund research into improved data-handling technologies; 3. revising the Directive 2003/98/EC on re-use of public sector information