Glasgow City Council

Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations

What is it?

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 ("the 2015 Regulations") apply to public sector organisations in the UK. The 2015 Regulations govern the re-use of information that has been obtained from a public body such as Glasgow City Council.  The 2015 Regulations will apply if an applicant has been provided with information by the council and wants to re-use that information for a purpose other than that for which it was originally produced.

Information can be obtained from the council, for example, through an information request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004. An applicant who obtains information in this way from the council does not have an automatic right to re-use that information. The purpose of the 2015 Regulations is to allow an applicant to apply to re-use public sector information, based on the principles of fairness, transparency, non-discrimination and consistency of application.

Information asset list register

The 2015 Regulations also require public bodies to hold and make available an Information Asset List Register which shows information that the organisation makes available for re-use. 

An applicant can apply for re-use of the information contained within the List Register.

In addition, requests can also be made to re-use council information that is already available in the public domain (i.e. it is on our website or otherwise publically available). The following link will take you a list of datasets that are available through our data.glasgow website. https://data.glasgow.gov.uk/dataset?organization=glasgow-city-council&page=1

An applicant can also apply to the council to re-use information that is not contained within the Information Asset Register or available on our website and the council will consider the application.

The Council has developed a Policy on the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.  For more information on this policy, please contact Gordon Laird on 0141 287 8827, gordon.laird@glasgow.gov.uk.

The 2015 Regulations also apply to the wider Glasgow City Council family of Arms Length External Organisations.

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