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Re-use of public sector information in Denmark - Pricing Policy. Frederik Siegumfeldt Special advisor Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation 20 November 2008. Pricing policy in general. Pricing has been regulated for several years

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Re-use of public sector information in Denmark - Pricing Policy

Frederik Siegumfeldt

Special advisor

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

20 November 2008


Pricing policy in general

  • Pricing has been regulated for several years

  • Taxes and fees requires a law (the Danish Constitution)

  • When providing specific services, goods, etc. the actual costs can be charged.


Charging the actual costs

  • General guidelines

    • Sales of goods and services

    • Rental income

    • Sales of data from public authorities

  • Direct and indirect costs from period of 4 years should be spread on the estimated number of (re-)users


Exceptions?

  • Can the authorities charge more?

  • Can the authorities charge less?

  • What if the authorities has charge to little in a period?


Data: which costs can be included?


Spreading the costs on the re-users

  • The estimated costs for a 4 year period has to be spread on the estimated numbers of re-users in a 4 year period.

  • What if the are only very few re-users?

  • Who has to pay for the investment in interfaces and conversion of data?

    • Problem: It can be very expensive to provide the data in a useful format.


Danish Act on the re-use of PSI

  • (Article 7)

  • 1.Where documents or data collections are made available for re-use, the public sector bodies shall make sure that they are available in any pre-existing language or format, including electronic format, and through electronic means where possible.

  • 2.In consultation with the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation may lay down rules on standards for formats for the purpose of the re-use of documents and data collections of public sector bodies in connection with the establishment of new interfaces and data enhancement.


Why IT standards for PSI?

  • Common and open XML standards for PSI:

  • Promote e-government and the possibility of creating joined-up services

  • Enable businesses to plan for specific data formats for PSI when designing their IT systems and interfaces

  • Reduce the need for investments in interfaces and conversion of data (data enhancement) in the future

  • Increase competition since interfaces and data formats are general and independent of any single company

  • The costs of getting access to useful data are reduced


Electronic access to PSI data

  • PSI data should be made available in all pre-existing formats, including electronic formats, e.g. XML, DOC, XLS etc.

  • PSI data should be made available through electronic means where possible

  • Electronic means is interpreted as electronic access (e.g. Internet data transfer, direct data access, RSS feeds, e-mail etc.), not just electronic form (e.g. CD-ROM)

  • Since February 2005 (eDay 2), citizens, businesses and government authorities have had a general right to receive data electronically where possible, using digital signatures


Recent initiatives

  • New interfaces and data conversions should be based on common and open XML standards where possible and appropriate

  • New government IT systems should be based on common and open XML standards where possible and appropriate


Effects of common and open XML standards


Contact information

  • Frederik Siegumfeldt

  • [email protected]

  • Tel. (+45) 3545 0123


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