Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (RPSI)
RPSI regulations were originally introduced on 1
July 2005 and provide any person or organisation with the right to request the
re-use of information held by a Public Authority (For example, to copy it and
sell it on). An updated set of regulations was introduced on 18 July 2015. The
details can be viewed via Re-use of Public Sector
Information Regulations 2015:
Re-use means using a document differently from its
original purpose. As a Local Authority we produce documents for legal or our
own administration reasons. A typical example of re-use is selling a Council
document so that it can be used for commercial purposes.
The aim of the Regulations, which carry out a
directive of the European Parliament, is to make re-using public sector
information easier. The main themes of the Regulations are improving
transparency, fairness and consistency.
The main changes in
the amended (July 2015) Directive are to:
These regulations should not be confused with The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), which only provide public access to information
and not the right to re-use it.
As with FOI, requests for re-use must be in
writing. There is a 20 working day time limit for processing requests which may
be extended in certain circumstances. Where possible and appropriate we will
process and send out documents for re-use electronically.
In most cases, copyright will be owned by Wakefield
Metropolitan District Council and there may be conditions on re-use with a
licence. It will not unnecessarily restrict re-use or restrict competition.