PSI Topic Report No. 2 Published
19th August 2009
Source: European Public Sector Information (PSI) Platform
Good Practice in promoting PSI re-use: The IFTS (Information Fair Trader Scheme) brand
London : 19 August 2009
The European PSI Platform has published the second in series of Topic Reports on PSI Re-use Issues.
Title: Good Practice in promoting PSI re-use: The IFTS (Information Fair Trader Scheme) brand
Author: Christopher Corbin, Independent researcher on Information policy, UK
Publication Date : 19 August 2009
- This paper is one of a series that considers the role of branding Government initiatives related to the re-use of public sector information.
- In September 2000 the UK Government announced new plans to boost the knowledge economy by overhauling the way government information could be acquired and reused. At that time the HMSO was charged with implementing the plans. Following a public consultation during 2001 the HMSO announced the Information Fair Trader Scheme and the IFTS brand in the summer of 2002. The 2002 announcement coincided with the European Commission publishing the proposed text of what was to become the European Union Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of Public Sector Information. The Directive came into force in all European Member States on the 1 July 2005. The implementation and administration of the IFTS is a regulatory function that has a legal base. The IFTS regulatory function operates in parallel with that of the regulatory function within Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 1515 that transposes the EU Directive 2003/98/EC into the UK legal framework.
- This paper reviews the IFTS brand and the Information Fair Trader Scheme that has been in operation for seven years and how it relates to the implementation of the EU legal framework that governs the re-use of public sector information in the UK.
About Topic Reports
Topic Reports will continue to be published on the PSI Platform. The authors will come from a wide range of disciplines and include policy makers, business leaders, analysts, researchers and academics from throughout Europe.
The Reports aim to:
- Provide analytical briefings on PSI re-use issues across key sectors such as geographic, meteorological, business, legal, registries and others
- Support and promote dialogue about and information sharing on developments and good practices
- Monitor business practices and political strategies promoting PSI Re-use
- Suggestions for Topic Reports are welcome and can be submitted to the European PSI Platform Team