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04. december 2011

Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information

The LAPSI Thematic Network is currently organizing its 2nd Public Conference that will take place in Bruxelles, on 23rd and 24th January 2012. The two-day meeting will give the opportunity to publicly present the state of the art of the LAPSI policy recommendations on Public Sector Information (PSI) re-use. The featured policies focus on some of the major legal topics involved with the re-use of PSI; in particular, intellectual property rights issues, privacy, data protection and personal data treatment, competition law aspects. The LAPSI members will discuss their policies together with external discussants and experts in the field of PSI, as well as with stakeholders and citizens who want to broaden their knowledge around the topics of PSI and Open Data. The LAPSI 2nd Public Conference on-line registration is available at: The 2nd Public Conference will be held at the University Foundation, Bruxelles - Salle Félicien Cattier, rue d'Egmont 11, 1000 Bruxelles.

In addition to the scheduled activites, the winner of the 3rd LAPSI Award on the most user-friendly design of a PSI portal in the EU will be announced during the second day of the Public Conference. Since PSI availability is crucial for fostering re-use initiatives, the very purpose of the Award is to support any initiative which can be beneficial to PSI re-use policies for moving forward. The Award is open to public sector bodies, businesses and citizens who designed or manage a PSI portal in the EU.A panel of experts will evaluate the submitted projects with regard to the user-friendly design of the portal; the originality and the layout appeal of the portal; the efficacy of the portal in facilitating the access of the PSI; the efficacy of the portal in fostering the awareness on legal aspects of PSI (such as competition, data protection and privacy, intellectual property rights). The Award has received the support of Infocamere ( and as a result, the most user-friendly design of a PSI portal will be rewarded with a prize of 1,000 Euros. Application must be submitted in English by 23rd of December 2011 (16:00 hrs CET). The Call for applications is available at: The Submission form is available at:
LAPSI is the European Thematic Network studying Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information Re-use. It intends to build a network apt to become the main European point of reference for high-level policy discussions and strategic action on all legal issues related to the access and the re-use of the PSI, namely in the digital environment. The LAPSI Thematic Network is aimed to produced policy recommendations in view of the impact assessment exercise linked to the revision of the Directive 2003/98/EC scheduled for 2012.