Data and public sector information are seen as important resources for supporting sustainable growth and the development of a knowledge and innovation-based economy. The potential of Open Data as resource for innovative products and services is well recognised in Europe and internationally.
Trying to use Open Data commercially raises more than technical issues. Developing a commercial service based on Open Data is a complex task requiring the understanding of the applicable legislation and terms of data re-use. Different regulations and conventions have been adopted in the past on national and intergovernmental levels providing the legal frameworks to be followed and defining the conditions for re-use of the data. Many individual institutions have their own individual voluntary Open Data policies and numerous licenses exist for individual datasets or groups of datasets.
This report provides an overview about the complex Open Data policy landscape.