PSI in Europe – The Road(s) Ahead! Action plan 3: Legal, business and other information sectors

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PSI in Europe – The Road(s) Ahead! Action plan 3: Legal, business and other information sectors

  1. 1. e PSI plus Final Thematic Meeting La Documentation Fran çaise - 3rd February 2009 - Paris Introduced by Michael Fanning Online Consultants International GmbH Karlsruhe PSI in Europe – The Road(s) Ahead! Key sector – action plan 3: Legal, business and other information sectors
  2. 2. <ul><li>Publisher/Legal information provider </li></ul><ul><li>Legal information provider </li></ul><ul><li>Law firm </li></ul><ul><li>Information provider </li></ul><ul><li>Publisher/Business information </li></ul><ul><li>Media companies </li></ul><ul><li>Service providers </li></ul>Legal and administrative information – Actors and performance PSI Re-users (legal) are various: Actors: Performance: Income from PSI re-users (legal) varies: <ul><li>Publisher/Legal information provider </li></ul><ul><li>Legal information provider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some respondents reported growth in revenues attributable to PSI re-use (legal) in hundreds of percent . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Service providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revenues in supplementary business have doubled since 2002. </li></ul></ul>Source: EU PSI Re-use 2008 Study, MICUS, page 82 Reference: Since 2002, estimates for the growth of the LTR market in Europe have usually lain in a range of between 0 to 15 %.
  3. 3. Legal and administrative information – Paradox and diversion <ul><ul><li>79% of the PSI holders (legal) interviewed offer legislative and administrative information free of charge via the internet. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>84% of the PSI re-users (legal) draw upon web portals for legal or administrative information on a weekly or less basis. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yet only 38% of PSI re-users were satisfied with the web portals. </li></ul></ul>„ The message from the survey here is that all stakeholders involved in the re-use of legal and administrative information must take care not to regard the formal requirement upon a public body to disseminate information as synonymous with an approval or permission to re-use the information. Just because legal and administrative information is disseminated to the public domain does not mean in practice that conditions have been laid down for its re-use .“ (Emphasis added) Source: EU PSI Re-use 2008 Study, MICUS, page 85
  4. 4. Business information – Example: Annual financial statements Source: oci GmbH Companies House Bolagsverket Registradores Mercantiles InfoCamere eBundes-anzeiger Infogreffe Service Organisation € 32,366 € 2.14 per document in XBRL format Option not available € 3.50 per document and only in PDF Prices available upon request Option not available Option: Complete data set Pricing Yes TIFF / PDF Yes Image / PDF / XBRL No (Due to techn. reasons) Yes PDF Yes PDF / XML / XBRL No (Due to legal considerations) Option: Complete data set Availability Public body Agency Public body Agency Public body Network coordinator Public body Network coordinator Private enterprise with public service mandate Public body Network coordinator Legal form of the organisation Companies House Executive Agency Bolagsverket Colegio de Registradores de la propriedad y Mercantiles de Espa ña InfoCamere – Societ à Consortile per Azioni delle Camere di Commercio Bundesanzeiger Verlag Infogreffe T élématique Name of the organisation United Kingdom Sweden Spain Italy Germany France
  5. 5. Business information – Interoperability initiatives within the EU See: http://www.briteproject.net/ BRITE stands for B usiness R egister I nteroperability T hroughout E urope. BRITE is an Integrated Project funded by the European Commission, DG Information Society & Media. BRITE involves a consortium of 22 organisations including European Business Registers and Chambers of Commerce , IT Companies , Universities and SME s.
  6. 6. Business information – What have been the drivers of change? <ul><ul><li>Harmonisation of Company Law in Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Migration away from paper-based to electronic filing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction of the administrative burden on SME’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-use of company information has been an </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>additional benefit rather than a real driver of change. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Other information – Example: PSI procured by respondents <ul><li>County councils‘ information </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental information </li></ul><ul><li>Highway schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Local authority information </li></ul><ul><li>Planning enforcement information </li></ul><ul><li>Road information </li></ul><ul><li>Town planning and local land charges </li></ul>Examples of administrative information that respondents to the EU PSI Re-use 2008 study have procured included: <ul><li>Trade register information </li></ul><ul><li>Official bulletins </li></ul><ul><li>Information on tenders </li></ul><ul><li>Resolutions of local authorities and town councils </li></ul><ul><li>Practice guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Resolutions of Ministries and other executive bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Building regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Contaminated land regulations </li></ul>Source: EU PSI Re-use 2008 Study, MICUS, page 80
  8. 8. Other information – Example: PSI desired by resondents Source: EU PSI Re-use 2008 Study, MICUS, page 83 <ul><li>Building regulations / control </li></ul><ul><li>Highway schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Highway works schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Single click access to PSI </li></ul><ul><li>Commerce Register </li></ul><ul><li>Land Register </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary information </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions of specialised courts </li></ul><ul><li>Regional legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Ministerial information </li></ul><ul><li>Courts of Appeal </li></ul><ul><li>Cases from regional courts </li></ul><ul><li>Case law of first instance </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative courts </li></ul>Examples of PSI desired <ul><li>EU law alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental information </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental register </li></ul>Service provider Media company <ul><li>Brand Register </li></ul>Publisher / Business information <ul><li>EU and national legislation </li></ul>Information provider <ul><li>Decisions of lower instance courts </li></ul>Law firm <ul><li>Decisions of lower instance courts </li></ul>Legal information provider <ul><li>Legislation with annexes </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary information </li></ul><ul><li>Ministerial information </li></ul>Publisher / Legal information provider PSI Re-user Category
  9. 9. This was the only actual request for a single click access to PSI. The other respondents knew or seemed to know what they were looking for. Other information – Example: PSI desired by resondents Source: EU PSI Re-use 2008 Study, MICUS, page 83 <ul><li>Building regulations / control </li></ul><ul><li>Highway schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Highway works schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Single click access to PSI </li></ul><ul><li>Commerce Register </li></ul><ul><li>Land Register </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary information </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions of specialised courts </li></ul><ul><li>Regional legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Ministerial information </li></ul><ul><li>Courts of Appeal </li></ul><ul><li>Cases from regional courts </li></ul><ul><li>Case law of first instance </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative courts </li></ul>Examples of PSI desired <ul><li>EU law alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental information </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental register </li></ul>Service provider Media company <ul><li>Brand Register </li></ul>Publisher / Business information <ul><li>EU and national legislation </li></ul>Information provider <ul><li>Decisions of lower instance courts </li></ul>Law firm <ul><li>Decisions of lower instance courts </li></ul>Legal information provider <ul><li>Legislation with annexes </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary information </li></ul><ul><li>Ministerial information </li></ul>Publisher / Legal information provider PSI Re-user Category
  10. 10. Complaint of the requesting organisation: Business information companies and lawyers use citizen registration data to obtain information on people who have moved. Up until July 2008 both business information companies and lawyers have been able to obtain the data. Now the data is no longer being made available to business information companies but is still available to lawyers. It is not yet clear why there has been such a change in data policy. Note, too that the cities of Bochum and Gelsenkirchen generate yearly revenues of €220,000 and €170,000 respectively from the sale of citizen registration data. See: http://www.heute.de/ZDFheute/inhalt/13/0,3672,7302733,00.html Requested information: Problems: Other information – Example: Citizen Registration Data <ul><li>1. Requesting organisation </li></ul><ul><li>2. Requested information </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen registration information </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens are obliged to register in their locality </li></ul><ul><li>Regulated by the “Melderechtsrahmengesetz” </li></ul><ul><li>A general right of access is provided for </li></ul><ul><li>3. PSI Holder </li></ul><ul><li>Approx. 5.500 individual “Einwohnermeldeämter” </li></ul><ul><li>There is no central database of such data </li></ul><ul><li>See: h ttp://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/psi/docs/consultations/replies/stakeholders/verband_vereine_creditreform.pdf </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Roads Ahead – What action to take at the junction? ? CAUTION: There is still as much potential for divergence as there is for convergence! JUNCTION: EU PSI Directive Review Process 2008
  12. 12. The Roads Ahead – Proposals for context and example actions <ul><ul><li>Consolidate, strengthen and expand the emerging PSI networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACTION: IWG-Netzwerk in Germany, MoU with ePSIplus programme, PSI Alliance and other associations. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACTION: Appoint network hub as a central resource. A role for the ePSIplus “one-stop-shop”? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sensitize eGovernment programmes to the PSI re-use agenda. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACTION: Each network rolls out a PSI checklist to be distributed to eGovernment programme coordinators. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACTION: EU (alone or with partner) issues PSI Guidance Notes and/or even PSI Implementation Handbook. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Position PSI re-use (and use) with innovation and the effective management of information risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACTION: Conference to promote a PSI test bed for companies analagous to the MySociety.org in the UK. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACTION: Networks issue White Paper on the need to know information assets to assess information risk. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Thank you for your interest For further information please contact: Michael Fanning Managing Director Online Consultants International GmbH Unterreut 6 76135 Karlsruhe Tel: +49-721-92 12-909 Fax: +49-721-92 12-913 [email_address] http://www.oci-gmbh.com
  14. 14. <ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>The images and photographs used in the presentation are from the following sources: </li></ul><ul><li>Lane direction sign: © istockphoto.com/StanRohrer. </li></ul><ul><li>Looking up: © istockphoto.com/joshblake. </li></ul><ul><li>Logos </li></ul><ul><li>The logos used in the presentation are the property of the organsiations they represent. </li></ul>Acknowlegements:

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