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The Office of Public Sector Information publishes UK annual report on public sector information

Minister of State for Justice Michael Wills yesterday announced the publication of the United Kingdom Report on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information 2008.

This annual report marks the third anniversary of the UK's implementation of the European Directive on the re-use of public sector information. The report coincides with the European Commission's review of the implementation of the Directive and will feed into the review process.

The report highlights the key milestones and tracks the progress made by the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and the UK government over the past year. The European Commission has praised the UK for its commitment to public sector information, much which has been achieved through OPSI´s central policy role for public sector information. The UK is seen as an exemplar and leader in public sector information across Europe.

Michael Wills said:

"I am tremendously encouraged by the progress that has been achieved to date as set out in this report, which highlights the importance of public sector information as a source of new and innovative services produced by the private sector. Public sector information also underpins the relationship between government and the people it serves."

The report charts the journey made by the Government, citing various innovative tools and linked government initiatives that help to facilitate re-use. OPSI is committed to working with key stakeholders across the public sector and the private sector, to ensure that the benefits of public sector information are fully realised.

Carol Tullo, Director of OPSI said:

"When OPSI started out in 2005 the focus concentrated on the value and benefits of PSI in encouraging a thriving information economy.  This is now complemented by the engagement of communities and citizens to shape solutions. There has never been a more important or exciting time for public sector information re-use. This report captures the real momentum behind the public sector information agenda."

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