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This section provides information about the Regulations on the re-use of public sector information that came into force on 1 July 2005. The Regulations implement a European Directive on the re-use of public sector information.

The aim of the Regulations is to encourage the re-use of public sector information by removing obstacles that stand in the way of re-use. The main themes are improving transparency, fairness and consistency. In doing so it will help stimulate the development of innovative new information products and services across Europe, so boosting the information industry.

The Guide to the Regulations and Best Practice explains the Regulations and provides information about existing best practice and sources of help.

For information on PSI events please send us a message by using the form on the Contact Us page and selecting Advice: PSI Regulations from the drop down menu.

What's New in PSI

The United Kingdom Report on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information 2008

This time last year OPSI produced a report marking the first two years of operation of the UK regime for public sector information (PSI) and tracking progress made to date. As with the first report, OPSI’s aim was to ensure that the legislation that underpinned the various UK tools and initiatives to deliver PSI services rsquo;is recognised, understood and put into practice’. The Report highlights the key milestones and tracks the progress made by OPSI and the UK government over the past year.

PSI Guidance Note 1 Updated July 2008

The PSI guidance note entitled Links Between Access and Re-use has been updated.

Over 15,000 PSI Click-Use Licences issued

Since the launch of the Click-Use system in April 2001, over 15,000 licences have been issued. For further details on the number of licences issued in the last year and a breakdown of PSI licence holders by category type see the licensing statistics.

Over 1,000 Parliamentary Click-Use Licences issued

Since the launch of Parliamentary Click-Use Licences in August 2005, over 1,000 licences have been issued. Parliamemtary Copyright material can be reproduced under the terms of the Parliamentary Click-Use Licence.

OPSI report published

It’s is now two years since the UK implemented the European Directive on the re-use of public sector information. To mark the event, OPSI has published a report that sets out the progress that has been with details of the various UK initiatives.

PSI Advice

OPSI has produced a series of notes that are aimed to provide practical help to public sector organisations on how they can meet their responsibilities under the PSI Regulations: