Reuse of Public Sector Information (ROPSI)

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (RPSI) establish the UK framework for the re-use of public sector information. Re-use means using public sector information, for a purpose other than the initial public task it was produced for.

The purpose of RPSI is to make information easier to re-use, resulting in economic, social and civil benefits. Information produced, held or disseminated by public sector bodies constitutes a vast, diverse and valuable pool of resources.

RPSI applies to public sector bodies including local government, but also includes the cultural sector to include libraries (including Anglia Ruskin University Library) museums and archives. It is UK-wide, i.e it applies to public sector bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Anglia Ruskin University Library is required to comply with the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. These regulate how information the library holds or creates is made available for re-use. The regulations require that the library publishes a Public Task Statement and a list of documents available for re-use; an Information Asset List. Unlike other public sector bodies, libraries and other cultural institutions are not obliged to allow re-use but may permit re-use. It is important to remember that RPSI does not apply to information that would be exempt from disclosure under information access legislation ie the Data Protection Act (the DPA), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).

However, information that would be exempt from an access request under section 21 of FOIA because it is already reasonably accessible to the requester (for example because it is on our website) would normally be available for re-use.

RPSI does not apply to recorded information that Anglia Ruskin University Library holds if someone else owns the intellectual property rights (eg the copyright or database right). We can only permit re-use if we hold the intellectual property rights to the information.

To view the Act please click on the following link

How to make an application to re-use Public Task information

Public Task Statement

Information Asset List

Complaints Procedure