On 18th July 2015, the amended Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations was launched which will dramatically change the environment in which information owned by the Public Sector is made available on a commercial basis. Compliance with the regulations is mandatory for Public Sector organisations and requires that processes must be in place to allow information to be released without the protection of a restrictive licence, in a form which enables it to be used for purposes other than that originally intended.
The scope of what constitutes ‘Public sector information’ is very broad, with the National Archives defining it as;
‘information produced by central and local government or any other public body. Any information (content) whatever its medium (form) — including print, digital or electronic, and sound recordings produced, held or disseminated by a public sector body is considered public sector information. This includes an enormous range: corporate information such as reports and financial data codes of practices, public records, statistics, still and moving images, press releases, artefacts, publication schemes, and so on.“
You can assess your state of readiness by considering the following questions:
- Is your organisation aware of the changes which are now in place?
- Do you know where you are at risk?
- Is your list of information assets up to date?
- Do have any ‘crown jewels’ where disclosure would attract significant financial or commercial risk?
- Have you published your statement of re-use?
- Do you make best use of the Open Government Licencing scheme?
- Are those dealing with information requests in your organisation ready to implement the amended legislation?
At Monmouth Partners our team of experienced information governance professionals have been delivering strategic and operational support to the public sector for over a decade. We can help you ensure that your processes are ‘fit-for-purpose’ while recognising the challenges you face; our objective is always pragmatic compliance! If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please contact Alan Bonfield on 07939 129791 or firstname.lastname@example.org