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The evaluation of the Open Data Directive and how to get ready for it

By Ian Corcoran, Data Analyst at Derilinx

Did you know that the European Commission is looking to evaluate the Open Data Directive in 2025?

This article provides a summary of the criteria that will be used so that your organisation can be prepared.

In July 2025, The European Commission will start to evaluate the Open Data and re-use of Public Sector Information Directive at the member level. This evaluation is looking to address the scope and social and economic impact of open data through the following criteria:

  • Extent of the re-use of public sector documents (especially by SMEs)
  • Impact of high-value datasets
  • The charge associated with a data user obtaining data and the basis of the cost
  • Reuse of documents held by other entities than public sector bodies
  • Availability and the use of APIs
  • Interaction between data protection rules and re-use possibilities
  • further possibilities of improving the proper functioning of the internal market and supporting economic and labour market development

High-Value Datasets

There will be an additional focus on high-value datasets (HVDs) with the Commission implementing regulations that list specific high-value datasets themes and the arrangements for their publication and re-use.

The Open Data Directive includes a section that discusses the impact of high-value datasets, but there will be additional reporting requirements specifically for HVDs. These reporting requirements will commence two years after the directive comes into force, which is in June 2024, and will occur every two years thereafter.

The report will require the following information:

  • A list of specific datasets at the Member State level (and, where relevant, subnational level) corresponding to the description of each high-value dataset in the Annex to this Regulation and with online reference to metadata that follow existing standards, such as a single register or open data catalogue;
  • Persistent link to the licensing conditions applicable to the re-use of high-value datasets listed in the Annex to this Regulation (per the previous point);
  • Where available, guidance documents issued by the Member State on publishing and reusing their high-value datasets;
  • Where available, the existence of data protection impact assessments carried out in accordance with Article 35 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679; (GDPR legislation)
  • The number of public sector bodies exempted in accordance with

Considering all of the above, it is crucial to implement good data management practices as early as possible to ensure that the required information can be gathered quickly and easily when needed. This will minimise disruptions to the day-to-day activities of your organisation.

If you would like more information on the topic do not hesitate to get in touch.

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