New portal for re-usable public sector information
The Belgian Federal Agency for Administrative Simplification (ASA/DAV) recently deployed a Public Sector Information portal where users can find a wide range of information and data which has been issued by the Belgian federal public services and which can be re-used by third parties.
The information portal makes public sector information more widely usable and accessible. On the site, re-usable information is organised into virtual file cards providing:
- a description of available information
- conditions governing re-use
- the name of the administration
- contact details
The portal is a response to European Directive 2003/98 of 17 November 2003 on the re-use of public sector information, which calls on the EU Member States to implement "practical arrangements to help re-users in their search for documents available for re-use, such as asset lists, accessible preferably online, of main documents and portal sites that are linked to decentralised asset lists".