Public Open Source Publishing

In July 2015 the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (implementing European Directive 2013/37/EU) came into force.

These regulations require public bodies to make most Public Service Information available open source for re-use (unless the information is otherwise excluded or restricted).

Furthermore, these regulations amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 so that, once information has been released, it must remain available and should be made available for re-use.

This will obviously have an impact on public services, the question is how much of an impact? I suspect there will be a lot of discussion in Public Sector offices around the country about this and I am keen to talk to anyone involved about how this might affect them and the service they provide.

The Re-use of Public Services Regulations 2015 places a requirement on  Public services in the UK to publish data sets open source.  The question is how can they do so safely and securely. This is the subject of my PhD and what I will be working towards finding out over the next few years. The plan is to keep you posted on my progress and ponderings along the way in the hope that you might contribute, discuss and debate with me.

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