EVPSI: Extracting Value from Public Sector Information

March 2010 - September 2012
621.000 € for the entire project (Nexa Center - 205.898,36 €)
Funding organization: 

Regione Piemonte

Person(s) in charge: 

Marco Ricolfi (project coordinator); Cristiana Sappa (project manager)

Executive summary: 

Extracting Value from Public Sector Information: Legal Framework and Regional Policies (EVPSI) was a multidisciplinary research project, coordinated by the Turin Law School, active between 2010 and 2012. The Nexa Center contributed in particular in identifying the main policy implications of the research.


The Internet enables reuse, sharing, processing combination and integration of huge amounts of information. However, Public Sector Information holders may not have sufficient incentives to manage this potential source of economic and cultural growth, and they often face various technical, legal or economic obstacles. The EVPSI project addresses these difficult issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.


The main objective of the EVPSI activities was to maximize the benefits to be obtainable from accessing and re-use of PSI. In the academic year 2012/2013, the Nexa Center aimed at effectively supporting EVPSI in its ending phase, and extracting interesting policy indications to be used within the policy support activity of the Center in the field of open data.


The main EVPSI research outputs are collected in the forthcoming volume (Ricolfi and Sappa, eds.) Extracting Value From Public Sector Information: Legal Framework and Regional Policies, published by Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli, containing contributions also by Nexa researchers, focused on licensing, and the economics of PSI.

The EVPSI project held a final meeting (jointly organized with the LAPSI Thematic Network) in Turin, on July 9-10, 2012. In the same period, the Nexa Center finalized its contribution to the project, namely covering the policy implications deriving from the results of the research, most of which conveyed in the White paper on the reuse of Public Sector Information.