While governments throughout the world have different approaches to how they make their public sector information (PSI) available and the terms under which the information may be reused, there appears to be a broad recognition of the importance of digital networks and PSI to the economy and to society. However, despite the huge investments in PSI and the even larger estimated effects, surprisingly little is known about the costs and benefits of different information policies on the information society and the knowledge economy.
By understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the current assessment methods and their underlying criteria, it should be possible to improve and apply such tools to help rationalize the policies and to clarify the role of the internet in disseminating PSI. This in turn can help promote the efficiency and effectiveness of PSI investments and management, and to improve their downstream economic and social results.
The workshop that is summarized in this volume was intended to review the state of the art in assessment methods and to improve the understanding of what is known and what needs to be known about the effects of PSI activities.
National Research Council. 2009. The Socioeconomic Effects of Public Sector Information on Digital Networks: Toward a Better Understanding of Different Access and Reuse Policies: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/12687.
|2. Overview of U.S. Federal Government Information Policy||3-6|
|3. PSI Implementation in the UK: Successes and Challenges||7-9|
|4. The Value to Industry of PSI: The Business Sector Perspective||10-16|
|5. Achieving Fair and Open Access to PSI for Maximum Returns||17-24|
|6. Public Sector Information: Why Bother?||25-28|
|7. Measuring the Economic Impact of the PSI Directive in the Context of the 2008Review||29-30|
|8. Different PSI Access Policies and Their Impact||31-36|
|9. The Price of Everything but the Value of Nothing||37-39|
|10. Enhancing Access to Government Information: Economic Theory as ItApplies to Statistics Canada||40-44|
|11. Assessing the Impact of Public Sector Geographic Information||45-46|
|12. Assessing the Economic and Social Benefits of NOAA Data Online||47-50|
|13. Exploring the Impacts of Enhanced Access to Publicly Funded Research||51-60|
|14. Measuring the Social and Economic Costs of Public Sector InformationOnline: A Review of the Literature and Future Directions||61-68|
|15. Summary of the First Breakout Session||69-72|
|16. Summary of the Second Breakout Session||73-74|
|17. General Discussion of Results from the Breakout Sessions and Possible NextSteps||75-80|
|A. Workshop Agenda||81-86|
|B. Biographical Summaries of Workshop Chairs, Presenters, andRapporteurs||87-92|
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