PSI Re-use in Bulgaria


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Hristo Konstantinov on PSI re-use and open data in Bulgaria at ePSIplatform 2013 Conference, 22 February in Warsaw.

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PSI Re-use in Bulgaria

  1. 1. From Public Access to Public Service Hristo KonstantinovApis Bulgaria Ltd., Legal and Business Information Provider in Bulgaria
  2. 2. Public Sector Information Open Data
  3. 3.  Positive Developments ◦ PSI re-use legal framework ◦ Overall understanding for PSI re-use ◦ Extensive experience in provision of PSI (list of Good practices) ◦ Bulgaria has joined the Open Government Partnership initiative ◦ Open data debate has been “opened” Small Country – Big Problems The Core Problem: Lack of consistent pro-active government policy on PSI re-use and Open Data
  4. 4.  Major PSI / Open Data Problems ◦ Lack of an authority responsible for PSI re-use ◦ PSI is not provided in machine-readable format ◦ PSI provision is hampered by prohibitive fees ◦ Exclusive agreements with private or public companies ◦ Public bodies are exclusive suppliers of the data and are not willing to make them publicly available for re-use („Lord of the data‟ syndrome) ◦ Selective trading with public data („PSI brokerage‟) ◦ Lack of information about the public data available for re-use ◦ Lack of clarity about the legal terms for re-use of public data ◦ Lack of a governmental open data portal
  5. 5. Public Data Service Since Format PriceDelivery of an electronic copy of the State 7,000 Lv.Gazette on the date of printing 2000 INDD (€ 3,500)(annual subscription, 2 issues weekly)Provision of a single copy (as bulk data) and 5,000 Lv. (€weekly updates of the BULSTAT Register 3,500) + 0,10 Lv. 2000 DBFdatabase (annual subscription for the weekly (€ 0,05) for eachupdates) updated recordProvision of a single copy (as bulk data) and 30,000 Lv. 2008 XMLdaily updates of the Trade Register database (€ 15,000)Free access to the case law of the Supreme 2000 HTML freeAdministrative CourtFree access to the case law of the lower courts 2009 HTML freeFree access to the legal information system of 2009 DOC freethe Council of Ministers
  6. 6.  The exclusive agreement between „Information Services“ SA and the Supreme Judicial Council for the maintenance of the national information database „Delphi“ The prohibition of re-use of the case law summaries published in the official bulletin of the Supreme Court of Cassation without the prior written permission of the publisher The exclusion of the Patent and Trademark Database of the Bulgarian Patent Office from the re-usable public data resources The limited volumes of free re-usable statistical data published on the website of the National Statistical Institute The ambiguous copyright notices on the websites of some public bodies (e.g. National Revenue Agency) The lack of a governmental legal portal providing access to the consolidated versions of the Bulgarian legal instruments
  7. 7.  Copyright notice on the web site of the Bulgarian National Revenue Agency:“The software ensures ensuring the functioning ofthis website, its design, including all informationlocated on the page, where they do not constitutepublic information are subject to copyright. No partof objects of protection may not be reproduced, totranslated, edited or used in any way without theprior written consent of the NRA.”
  8. 8.  European Impulse for Bulgarian PSI and Open data policy in 2013 ◦ the new EU PSI legal framework ◦ the new pan-European Open data portal ◦ the new e-Justice portal for national case law of the Member States ◦ the introduction of the ELI and ECLI identifiers and metadata framework Open Data Initiatives of Bulgarian Non-Governmental Organisations, Media and Private Companies ◦ awareness campaign on the benefits of PSI re-use for the society and businesses ◦ continuous pressure of the commercial and non-commercial re-users for further opening of the information resources in the public sector ◦ elaboration of an Open (Data) Government License