PSI Alliance

“The PSI Alliance consistently stands up for the rights of PSI reusers across Europe”

Nikolaus Futter, Managing Director, Compass Verlag and Chair of the PSI Alliance

“My first port of call when consulting the industry on PSI matters”

Member of the European Parliament


The PSI Alliance seeks an improved regulatory environment forprivate sector PSI reusers across Europe.

It was founded in 2008 to give a voice to reusers and to give expert advice on PSI to the European Union - both through direct engagement with EU Institutions and through expert groups such as LAPSI and Share_PSI.

The PSI Alliance is relaunching as the European Commission publishes its proposal to revise the PSI Directive for the European Parliament and Council of the EU to amend.

Join us to ensure that the EU Institutions effectively revise the PSI Directive in a way that ensures an improved market for PSI reuse.


in suitable

digital formats


in an

appropriate timeframe



marginal cost



unfair competition


with proportionate

privacy protection


with the

possibility for redress



Membership of the PSI Alliance is focused on keeping members updated on the latest developments, sharing ideas, and engaging with the EU institutions to inform the officials and politicians during the legislative process to ensure a positive outcome of the PSI Directive. Full membership, including sponsor level membership, is open to private sector reusers and associations of private sector reusers. Associate membership is open to any organisation, including private reusers as well as utilities and authorities, wishing to be kept informed of the latest political developments.


Members level

  • political PSI developments
  • updates on any changes to the draft legislative text
  • PSI Alliance news



Members will receive Associate Member benefits, plus:

  • voting rights
  • attendance at 2 engagement roundtables per year with legislators such as the Commission, Council and presidency and MEPs
  • input into PSI Alliance position papers and possible amendments
  • access to PSI Alliance secretariat


Member level

Sponsor Members will receive Member level benefits plus:

  • opportunity to engage directly with the Commission, Parliament and Council during the course of the co-decision process
  • the right to represent the PSI Alliance at 3rd party events and meetings


PSI Alliance presents to Member State Expert Group

The PSI Alliance was invited to present to the PSI Group of national experts, hosted by the European Commission in Luxembourg. We gave the opinion of reusers for the forthcoming implementation.

We argued that the inclusion of High Value Datasets is an important step forward, the list of datasets should enter into force with the end of the implementation period.

There are further categories that should be included as soon as possible, for example „Legal and administrative documents”.

In case of datasets containing also personal data impact assessments of the Commission according to Article 13 (2) should cover also data protection matters and a final balancing of interests. A dataset included into the list should not be questionable by the Member States due to privacy concerns.

Beside High Value Datasets, on the General Principle, we argued that Member States shall ensure that accessible documents, that do not fall under the exemptions according to Article 1(2), and should be be re-usable for commercial or non-commercial purpose.

We made the case that applicants for data have a right to release of those datasets, it´s not a present!

And that “Demand Side” should be supported - potential re-users often don´t know anything about their rights, public administrations should better inform them.

We also gave practical examples where there are still stumbling blocks, and how discriminating practices should be avoided, for example up to now private re-users don´t have access to the same mobility data as state owned competitors, for example reasons for delay and cancellations.

Finally, on artificial intelligence, we argued that one prerequisite for developing AI solutions is the sufficient availability of data for training purposes. Training data and validation data is absolutely essential to the development of any machine learning model.

According to the European Commission a European approach on AI will boost the European Union’s competitiveness and ensure trust based on European values.

If the European Member States seriously want to boost AI solutions, the sufficient supply of PSI data for these purposes will be one cornerstone.

Roundtable - implementing the PSI Directive




Welcome and introduction

Nikolaus Futter, PSI Alliance Chairman


Implementing the PSI Directive

Szymon Lewandowski, DG CNECT – European


Implementation at national level, a Belgian perspective

Jean-Charles Quertinmont, SPF Chancellerie du Premier Ministre (Belgium)


Coffee break


Implementing high value datasets

Walter Palmetshofer, Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN)


How effective implementation can support innovation

Clémence Arto, Doctrine


Concluding remarks

Nikolaus Futter, PSI Alliance Chairman

PSI Alliance roundtable - 26 September

What next for PSI in Europe?

Residence Palace, Brussels, 26 September 2018


13:30 Registration

13:45 PSI Alliance chairman: Welcome and introduction

13:55 An introduction to the revised PSI proposal

DG CNECT –European Commission

14.05 Q&A

14:15 The European Parliament priorities on re-use of PSI Directive

Michał Boni MEP, EPP shadow rapporteur (TBC)

14.25 Q&A

14:35 Can the new proposal unlock data for economic growth?

Nikolaus Futter, CEO Compass Verlag, PSI Alliance Chairman

14.45 Q&A

14:55 Coffee break

15:15 The Council Presidency’s approach on the re-cast of the PSI Directive

Martin Semberger, Chair (PSI Directive), Internal Market Unit, Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

15.25 Q&A

15:35 Real-time dynamic data –making it the next big PSI growth area

Neil Murrin (TBC), TrainLine

15.45 Q&A

15:55 General discussion

16:30 Close

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