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.
If you would like to make an application you should submit your request in writing, with your name and address for correspondence and specify the information that you would like to re-use and the purpose that you intend to use if for.
Our Public Task Statement sets out the functions carried out by Anglia Ruskin University Library and what information is available for re-use under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. This statement is regularly reviewed and due to be considered again. The wider university is exempt from these regulations.
The Public Task of the library is articulated by its Mission and Values.
Anglia Ruskin University’s history started in 1858 when John Ruskin opened Cambridge School of Art. The Art School grew to become Anglia Ruskin University and it is still at the heart of our Cambridge Campus. Over the years a number of colleges and institutes have become part of Anglia Ruskin University. They include the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (CCAT) and the Essex Institute of Higher Education (formerly the Chelmer Institute). At first these colleges combined to become Anglia Polytechnic and then Anglia Polytechnic University in 1992. We have been known as Anglia Ruskin University since 2005.
Anglia Ruskin University Library holds and produces large amounts of information in various formats. It aims to provide a study environment, resources and services that significantly enhance scholarly activity and independent learning and research. Our primary aim is to support students and staff of the university in all areas of their study and research. You can re-use information that is produced by the service free of charge provided it is not subject to copyright, data protection or a third party agreement.
Details of library rules, regulations and policies relating to library collections and services are available on the library website.
Anglia Ruskin University Library produces and holds large amounts of information in various formats. You can re-use information that is produced by the service free of charge provided it is not subject to copyright, data protection or a third party agreement. Details of our library catalogue can be found on the library website.
Anglia Ruskin University Library aims to comply fully with its obligations under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (RPSI).
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Anglia Ruskin University’s handling of requests under RPSI, please contact the Records Management Team, who are responsible for ensuring Anglia Ruskin University is compliant with the ROPSI.
There are two courses of action open to you if you feel that your questions/concerns have not been dealt with adequately:
1. If you are a current, registered student at Anglia Ruskin University, you can make a complaint using Anglia Ruskin University’s Student Complaints Procedure.
If you are a member of staff or another individual, you should cemail the Records Management Team.
2. If you are still dissatisfied, you can go directly to the Information Commissioner, the independent body that oversees the FOIA.
You can contact the Office of the Information Commissioner in any of the following ways:
By telephone: 01625 545700
In writing to:
The Information Commissioner