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[Fwd: Re: EU directive on access to public data]

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  • Subject: [Fwd: Re: EU directive on access to public data]
  • From: Howard Flack <crystal@flack.ch>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 15:26:56 +0100

20/01/2004 10:21:51, Howard Flack <Howard.Flack@cryst.unige.ch> wrote:

>    Could you give me a few links to EU directive on access to public 
>data and its current state.

Well, I discovered it has been signed into law.... on 17th November last, slipped under 
my radar so to speak.

The whole nine yards of its progress is at:


and the full text of the final Directive as published in the Official Journal of the EU is at:


as a pdf file.

One extract illustrates how the original was 'diluted':

"General principle

Member States shall ensure that, where the re-use of documents
held by public sector bodies is allowed, these documents shall
be re-usable for commercial or non-commercial purposes in
accordance with the conditions set out in Chapters III and IV.
Where possible, documents shall be made available through
electronic means"


"This Directive shall not apply to.......[amongst others...]

..documents held by educational and research establishments,
such as schools, universities, archives, libraries and research
facilities including, where relevant, organisations established
for the transfer of research results;"

So, it looks like the Directive is more like a pious political hope for transparency than 
anything real and anyway it does not seem to apply to R&D. 

Bye, Barry

P.S. I have copied this to the listserv for information

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