Review of the Directive on Public Sector Information

With the upcoming review of the Directive on Public Sector Information, the European Commission considers widening its scope to include research data. Science Europe is keeping close watch on these developments and urges the European Commission to take the particularities of the research sector into account. Despite supporting Open Science and Open Access, Science Europe recognises that not all scientific data may be suitable for publication in the same way.

Directive on Public Sector Information

The Directive on Public Sector Information aims to make as much data as possible that are held by public-sector organisations available for re-use. The goal is to increase transparency, and promote data-driven innovation and fair competition. It focuses on the economic benefits of re-use of information more than on citizen access to information.

Organisations falling under its scope are ministries, state agencies, municipalities, and organisations that are funded for the most part by or are under the control of public authorities. Since 2013, museums, libraries, and archives have been included as well. Organisations in the educational, scientific, and broadcasting sector are excluded under current legislation.

Review of the Directive

The European Commission is working on a review of the existing Directive, in which it intends to include research data and research sector information in the scope. The European Commission held a public consultation in the autumn of 2017. Science Europe responded to this consultation with a statement.

Science Europe Outputs on the PSI Directive


(17/12/2018) Science Europe reaction to the legislators' latest decisions on Horizon Europe read more

Science Europe wishes you a very happy festive season and looks forward to working with you in 2019... read more

(23/11/18) Stephan Kuster, Secretary General of Science Europe, has been appointed as one of 11 members of the new Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

(12/11/2018) R&I stakeholders call on the EU institutions to seek a balanced approach to data sharing in the PSI Directive... read more

(19/10/18) Science Europe is currently recruiting a new Senior Policy Officer... read more

(12/09/18) Science Europe is disappointed that the European Parliament did not sufficiently improve the far too restrictive proposal for TDM in the new Copyright Directive in today’s plenary vote... read more

(04/09/18) Science without publication paywalls: cOAlition S for the realisation of full and immediate Open Access... read more

(11/07/2018) Research funders making Open Access a reality by more

(08/06/2018) Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission's Proposal on Horizon Europe…read more

(01/06/2018) Rosa Menéndez (CSIC) was elected as Science Europe Vice-President... Read more


The Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management (November 2018) presents core requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs) and criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories, as well as some guidance on how to put these requirements and criteria into practice... read more