HAVING REGARD to Article 5 b) of the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960;

HAVING REGARD to the Recommendation of the Council concerning Access to Research Data from Public Funding [C(2006)184] and the Recommendation of the Council on Broadband Development [C(2003)259];

HAVING REGARD to the aim to increase returns on public investments in public sector information1 and increase economic and social benefits from better access and wider use and re-use2, in particular through more efficient distribution, enhanced innovation and development of new uses;

HAVING REGARD to the aim to promote more efficient distribution of information and content as well as the development of new information products and services particularly through market-based competition among re-users of information;

CONSIDERING the usefulness of collectively agreed principles for enhanced access and more effective use and re-use of public sector information for both the public and the private sector;

RECOGNISING that efforts to improve the access and use of public sector information need to take into account legal requirements and restrictions, including intellectual property rights and trade secrets, effective and secure management of personal information, confidentiality and national security concerns, and fundamental principles including democracy, human rights and freedom of information and that, consequently, certain principles contained in this Recommendation regarding in particular openness and re-use, can be applied to a different extent to different categories of public sector information;

On the proposal of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy;

RECOMMENDS that, in establishing or reviewing their policies regarding access and use of public sector information, Member countries take due account of and implement the following principles, which provide a general framework for the wider and more effective use of public sector information and content and the generation of new uses from it:


Member countries to disseminate this Recommendation throughout the public and private sectors, including governments, businesses and other international organisations to encourage all relevant participants to take the necessary steps to enhance access and promote more effective use of public sector information;

Non-member economies to take account of this Recommendation and collaborate with Member countries in its implementation.

INSTRUCTS the OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy to promote the implementation of this Recommendation and review it every three years to foster enhanced access and more effective use of public sector information.


1     "Public sector information" is broadly defined for purposes of this Recommendation as "information, including information products and services, generated, created, collected, processed, preserved, maintained, disseminated, or funded by or for the Government or public institution", taking into account the legal requirements and restrictions referred to in the last paragraph of the preamble of this Recommendation.

2     This includes use by the original public sector generator or holder or other public sector bodies and further re-use by business or individuals for commercial or non-commercial purposes. In general, the term "use" implies this broad spectrum of use and re-use.